"All the Things that Can Go Wrong On A Cruise"


The table below lists "events at sea" occurring after January 1, 2018, including cruise ship accidents.  It is based on media reports, passenger reports posted at on-line boards and discussion groups, and reports sent to Cruise Junkie. In reviewing the information, please keep in mind that some cruise lines are given less scrutiny by the media than others, and it is not uncommon for events to not appear in the media.  This information reflects only that which has made it into the public domain.

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Cruise Passengers' Rights and Remedies

Travel Abroad, Sue at Home

THE Comprehensive list of Persons Overboard, 1995 - 2018

Pollution and Environmental Violations and Fines

Getting a Grip on Cruise Ship Pollution - Summary

Getting a Grip On Cruise Ship Pollution - Full Report

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NOTE: Medical Evacuations (Medevacs) are not reported here. They are common (10 - 20 a week) and a often reported elsewhere.

Cruise Line
Type of Incident
September 19 Nautica Oceania BBC reports tugs had to come to the aid of a cruise liner - the Nautica - in Greenock as Storm Ali causes problems across Scotland. About 500 passengers and crew are stranded after their ship parted its mooring lines. No-one was injured. Broke from mooring
September 15 Carnival Victory From a passenger: September 13 - Captain came on intercom said there was a fire and that the smoke was from that fire.  Called a few times for fire crews and then said all was ok. Midday off Cuba coast.  
September 14 Multiple ships Juneau Empire reports waste water quality violations in Alaska this year. Princess Cruise Line accrued the most wastewater violations. The Star Princess and the Emerald Princess, both Princess Cruise Line ships, were each cited twice. Other ships that were issued wastewater discharge violations are the Noordam (Holland America Line), Sojourn (Seabourn Cruise Line), Golden Princess (Princess Cruise Line), Ruby Princess (Princess Cruise Line), Eurodam (Holland America Line), Volendam (Holland America Line) and Island Princess (Princess Cruise Line). (see for a complete list) Evironmental (water) violations
September 14 Multiple ships Juneau Empire reports environmental managers issued air quality violations to eight cruise ships on Friday, Sept. 7, for violations throughout the summer cruise season. This year’s to-date total of nine air quality violations (one ship received two notices) is the highest number of violations DEC has handed out in all but four years (2000, 2001, 2008 and 2014). It’s also higher than the last three years combined: only two violations were handed out last year and zero violations were issued in 2016 or 2015. Holland America Line led the tally with four violations from four ships. Princess Cruise Line received two violations for two ships. Royal Caribbean ship Radiance of the Seas was cited twice: once in Ketchikan in on Aug. 8 and again in Seward nine days later. Norwegian Cruise Line ship the Norwegian Jewel was also cited. A full list of the violating ships includes the Norwegian Jewel (Norwegian Cruise Line), Radiance of the Seas (Royal Caribbean), Amsterdam (Holland America Line), Eurodam (Holland America Line), Nieuw Amsterdam (Holland America Line), Westerdam (Holland American Line), Emerald Princess (Princess Cruise Line) and Golden Princess (Princess Cruise Line). Most of the violations took place in Ketchikan, where DEC has more monitoring staff than elsewhere, White said. Five of the nine violations stem from the first city. Evironmental (air) violations
9 September AidaLuna CBC reports a German singer is reportedly missing from a holiday cruise off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. Daniel Kueblboeck, 33, a contestant in 2003 on Germany Seeks the Superstar — the German version of talent search show Pop Idol — has gone overboard from the ship, which was travelling from Hamburg to New York, according to Aida Cruises. Kueblboeck released four successful singles and an album, as well as appearing in other reality TV shows.  The German news agency DPA and Bild newspaper have reported that the coast guard is searching for Kueblboeck. Kueblboeck was on the AidaLuna, which was due into St. John's on Sunday afternoon. The ship sent an alert to the Canadian Coast Guard around 6 a.m. Another cruise ship that was due in port Sunday has reportedly turned back to assist the AidaLuna. Aida Cruises confirmed via Twitter late Sunday morning that a person went missing early Sunday. Ship staff carried out a cabin check and confirmed that the missing person was Kueblboeck. "The ship was stopped as a precaution and returned to the place" where Kueblboeck went overboard, the company tweeted. Passenger overboard
8 September Multiple ships Travel Agent Central reports NCL has modified upcoming itineraries for both the Norwegian Escape and the Norwegian Dawn. On Norwegian Escape’s September 9 itinerary out of New York City, the ship will call in Port Canaveral, Florida, and Great Stirrup Cayand Nassau in the Bahamas to avoid the storm’s path, instead of calling in Bermuda as planned. On Norwegian Dawn’s September 7 itinerary out of Boston, the ship will call in Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; St. John, New Brunswick; and Bar Harbor, Maine, instead of calling in Bermuda. RCI Blog says Grandeur of the Seas has also modified its itinerary to avoid Bermuda. Itinerary changes (weather)
8 September Star Pride WCBV reports the vessel experienced a loss of cooling water for the engine systems causing an automatic shutdown of the propulsion and auxiliary engines while navigating Buzzards Bay Friday afternoon.  "During the time the ship was without prolusion, the Star Pride was on emergency generator power including power to navigational equipment and essential safety systems as well as basic comforts for the passengers and crew," the company said. The company said the cause of the shutdown was identified and addressed and power was restored and all ship operations about two hours later.  Late Friday, the Coast Guard ordered the vessel to have a Coast Guard inspection prior to completing its scheduled trip to Manhattan. "Under tug escort, the Star Pride will moor up in Newport to await inspectors," the Coast Guard said. It then proceeded to Newe York. Loss of power
September 6 Norwegian Pear Juneau Empire reports as exhaust emissions poured from the Norwegian Pearl’s exhaust stack on Tuesday, so too did complaints to the Department of Environmental Conservation. DEC received at least nine calls complaining about the ship’s emissions, and at least one more complaint was lodged electronically, according to Program Manager Ed White, who runs the Commercial Passenger Vessel Environmental Compliance program. That number is “probably as high as any day that we’ve seen,” White told the Empire on Wednesday. Cruise ships can incur hefty fines for violating DEC air quality regulations. DEC handed out two violations last year to cruise ships, the Norwegian Jewel and the Amsterdam, which were both cited in Ketchikan. Those violations can be as high as $46,192, a fine which was raised this year from $37,500. Air emissions
September 6 Le Boreal & Le Soleal CBC reports the cancellation of two luxury cruise ships that were supposed to land in Ulukhaktok, N.W.T., this week is disappointing community members that were prepared for an influx of tourists. The ships cancelled due to difficult ice conditions in Bellot Strait and Queen Maud Gulf. The cruise ships, Le Boreal and Le Soleal, were set to land in Ulukhaktok on Sept. 3 and 9, respectively. The mayor said people in the community have had to put their plans on hold due to the cancellations, as the influx of tourists was expected to bring new dollars into the Beaufort Delta economy. "Their cancellations do impact the community a lot," she said. "It impacts the people. It impacts them, their children, their income." Port call skipped
September 6 Carnival Elation Cruise Law News reports a man from Topeka, Kansas was arraigned in United States District Court on charges of murdering his wpartner during a Carnival cruise earlier this year. On January 19, 2018, a passenger on the Carnival Elation sent us photographs of the couple’s cabin and the area where the woman fell to her death. The woman reportedly died after she fell from her balcony on the 14th deck down to the 11th deck on the Carnival cruise ship which has sailed from Jacksonville to Freeport, in the Bahamas. Husband charged with murdering wife
September 5 Celebrity Equinox A Poster at Cruise Critic reports the ship lost power and was dead in the water for a half hour or so. Loss of power - Dead in the ater
September 3 Multiple ships Los Angeles Times reportsthe Danube River has been particularly hard hit by drought in Europe, leaving cargo ships, day cruisers and river boats high and dry. River cruise operators have been forced to find alternative transportation, which usually means passengers will be traveling by coach and perhaps staying in hotels instead of ship cabins. The Upper Danube, which is the most popular river boat destination in Europe, has been especially plagued by low water issues, particularly the area between Passau and Regensburg in Germany. Budapest, Hungary, another popular Danube destination, has been closed to cruise traffic for more than a week. River boats aren't the only vessels in trouble; many cargo ships also are stranded, according to media reports. iking Cruises, the largest river boat carrier in Europe, announced on its website that: "Unseasonably hot and dry weather in Europe has resulted in low water levels on several of the European rivers ... To varying degrees, these low water levels will affect select itineraries. While ideally your ship would carry you along the full length of the river, due to water levels on sections where sailing becomes restricted, we may need to make adjustments." Those adjustments may mean travelers will be touring on a bus instead of a ship.
August 31 Celebrity Summit Miami New Times reportslast August, during a Celebrity Cruises trip from New Jersey to Bermuda, a woman from New York was approached by a crew member who said he was a spa director. He had a surprising offer: a "complimentary massage."  Instead, the woman says in federal court, the man "trapped her in a small room of the spa" and "intentionally persuaded [her] to undress and eventually fondled her breasts and vaginal area before she was able to get away." The woman, identified only as Jane Doe in her complaint filed against Celebrity and the Canyon Ranch spa last week in Florida's Southern District Court, says the assault happened on the Celebrity Summit. Miami-based maritime lawyer Jim Walker, who is representing the woman, argues the two companies are negligent because they "failed to adequately vet the assailant's background," which would have revealed his "dangerous propensities and unsuitability for his job." A man with the same name as Doe's assailant is on trial this week in Jordan, Minnesota, for raping a 14-year-old girl in 2003, though Walker says he's been unable to determine if he is the same man who allegedly assaulted his client on the ship. "We were aware of the trial and charges against the man in Minnesota, but we are not sure if it is the same person," Walker says. "Celebrity Cruises and Canyon Ranch are not cooperating with us and will not voluntarily provide a photograph or any background information of the crew member who assaulted our client. So we are proceeding with the lawsuit. Sexual assault
August 30 Saga Pearl II Daily Mail reports the ship ploughed into four luxury yachts while attempting to enter a harbour in Dartmouth, Devon, yesterday.  Witnesses reported seeing boat owners 'running from their vessels in pyjamas', as the liner headed towards smaller vessels which were moored in the bay. The damage was caused to the yachts while the cruise ship tried to turn as it was being piloted by the harbour master at Dartmouth, Devon. Dart Harbour Authority said it is now trying to track down the owners of all the boats involved in the incident and has launched an investigation. Steve McMillan, 54, of Brixham, Devon, who witnessed the incident, said: 'The Saga Pearl II collided with four yachts on the way in to Dartmouth. 'She turned in too wide and people were running out of their boats, in their pyjamas on a nearby pontoon adjacent to the yacht club. 'It really was close.' Collision with yachts in harbour
August 28 Carnival Horizon NY Post reports the ship struck a dock on Manhattan’s West Side; it smacked into the Pier 90 dock while mooring at Pier 88 at West 50th Street. Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen told The Post that “the impact to the bow of the ship was minor. There has been no impact to our debarkation process this morning and embarkation for today’s sailing is expected to proceed as normal" Assessments of the pier are currently underway. The Coast Guard said it was investigating the cause of the incident, which it called an “allision,” usually described as the running of one ship into another that is stationary. The city’s Department of Buildings was called to the scene at 711 12th Ave. to conduct a structural stability inspection. According to a preliminary investigation, the Horizon damaged two metal support beams and a small section of the parking level above, buildings. Allision with dock
August 25 Akademic Ioffe Nunatsiaq News reports the 117-metre-long cruise ship Akademic Ioffe, operated by One Ocean Expeditions, has been refloated after running aground in the western Gulf of Boothia near Kugaaruk yesterday morning “Following a full and successful systems check the vessel has repositioned to anchor. We remain in close contact with the captain, the coast guard, and other agencies,” One Ocean Expeditions said. The company said the vessel was refloated just after 10:30 p.m. Pacific time and that all passengers are safe and being “well-cared for.” The vessel appeared to have become grounded on a rock on the morning of Aug. 24. The Star reports there is damage to the vessel (contained) and passengers are likely to be flown home. UPDATE: Passengers were flown home and the Canadian Coast Guard and Transport Canada have taken control of the damaged vessel and are developing a plan for moving the vessel to another location. CBC reports the ship rescue cost the Canadian Government $513,000. The amount does not reflect expenses incurred by the Canadian Coast Guard. Two of its icebreakers headed to the scene to offer assistance.  Aground - refloated
August 18 Norwegian Star BBC reports a British woman has survived after falling from a cruise ship off the coast of Croatia, the country's coastguard has said. Officials said she was rescued 10 hours after falling into the Adriatic Sea - 60 miles offshore - around midnight on Saturday. The 46-year-old, who had been on the Norwegian Star cruise ship, was taken to hospital in the town of Pula. She told reporters she fell off the back and was "very lucky to be alive". Speaking to Croatian news channel HRT after stepping off the coastguard patrol boat the Cavtat, she added: "I was in the water for 10 hours, so these wonderful guys rescued me." She was then taken to hospital in an ambulance. The rescue vessel's captain, Lovro Oreskovic, said she was found on Sunday "exhausted", adding: "We were extremely happy for saving a human life." Person overboard - rescused alive
August 18 MSC Seaview Cruise Law News reports water reportedly flooded down the central stairwell on the new MSC Seaview while the ship was cruising in the Mediterranean. The spectacle was filmed by a number of cruise passengers with one such video being posted on the home page of MSC Seaview Fans on Facebook. Some people commented that there must have been a broken pipe, although exactly what caused the water to pour from the stairwell ceiling is not clear. Other commented that there was a thunderstorm in Barcelona yesterday, although that does not really explain why the water poured into the ship.  Other comments were to the effect that this is a new ship just out of the shipyard, which had its inaugural cruise in June of this year. You can see the video here (after we posted this article the video was removed) Water damage
August 17 Emerald Star From a reader: Europe is experiencing an extended period of hot and dry weather, resulting in low water levels across sections of the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. As a result of these conditions there are unavoidable impacts to the safe navigation of vessels on the rivers. The incidence of low water and the ability for continued cruising currently varies on a daily basis and is a situation we monitor continuously. Currently there are sailing restrictions on the upper Danube River between Passau and Regensburg. Unfortunately, due to these critical water levels we will be unable to sail this section of the river in time to meet the scheduled embarkation of your 19 August, Classic Rhine Cruise in Amsterdam. We have reviewed all options for making alternate arrangements including another Emerald Waterways Star Ship and the opportunity to sail an amended cruising itinerary. However, it has not been possible to make any suitable arrangements that would provide you with the Emerald Waterways Cruise experience that we had planned to deliver. In assessing the low water impact to your cruise, the associated disruption on the itinerary and our desire to provide you with the planned cruise experience; we have found it necessary to cancel this cruise departure. Canceled cruise
August 14 Norwegian Escape Royal Gazette reports an American tourist was fined $2,000 for attempting to import cannabis he claimed he needed for medical purposes.  James Insalaco, 24, admitted to bringing just over 20g of the controlled drug to the island aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Escape at Heritiage Wharf, Dockyard, on Wednesday. Housekeeping staff reported finding the plant material in containers in the man’s cabin. He was taken to the customs hall and later arrested. Insalaco told Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo on Friday that he used the drug that had been prescribed to him in the States owing to a boat accident that had left him in a coma for two weeks. He said: “I know it was wrong. I am a medical patient, I really need it. I have never left anywhere without it. Shouldn’t they have seized it when I left New York?” Mr Tokunbo asked to view his medical certificate which was produced. He handed Insalaco a $2,000 fine which he said had taken into consideration his medical condition. Drug bust
August 14 Unknown BerNews reports a cruise ship passenger from New Jersey pled not guilty to a charge of sexual assault. The 27-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was alleged to have committed the crime against a fellow cruise ship passenger on August 10. His trial is scheduled to begin on August 29. He was granted $10,000 bail. The was ordered to surrender his travel documents and appear at the Hamilton Police Station on Monday and Friday between the hours of 6 am and 8 pm. Sexual assault alleged
August 13 Carnival Horizon Cruise Radio reports a mechanical issue caused the ship to skip a port of call, and is impacting the speed at which it can currently travel. As a result, guests on board received a note from Captain Gaetano Gigliotti explaining the situation, and offering them a $50 onboard credit for their inconvenience (the credit is consistent with the Cruise Passenger Bill of Rights given that port fees were not paid for the canceled port call). Although the captain did not get specific about the issue in his letter, he said that it had “limited our ability to safely maneuver during this morning’s docking process” at the scheduled stop, Amber Cove. “Given the narrow channel in Amber Cove and lack of tug boat availability, it was necessary to cancel our call.” The captain went on to explain that the issue was “also impacting the ship’s maximum cruising speed” and that they were making arrangements for a technician to come aboard and make repairs. He made clear that the issues “is not impacting the operation of the ship” and that they were still expecting to arrive in New York City on Thursday. Propulsion problems
August 13 Carnival Horizon Cruise Hive reports an Indian crew member in his 30’s named Ravi Singh Bisht has sadly passed away while onboard the newest ship in the fleet. He leaves behind his wife, mother, father, sister and his brother who also works for the cruise line. Ravi was working in the Culinary Arts department since joining Carnival in 2012. It isn’t clear what actually happened to him but an anonymous source from onboard Carnival Horizon said it may have been related to a Galley party he attended the night before. He was found the following morning of Grand Turk which was August 11. We were told more but don’t think it’s right to post how he passed away and in what manner. Crew member death
August 9 Carnival Triumph From a passenger: We just disembarked from a five day cruise to Mexico aboard Carnival Triumph and a room with sealed off by security two doors down from us - we were told that a passenger was sexually assaulted in the room. Also were told a passenger had a heart attack and died on another deck and was kept in the room for 2 days... Strangest cruise we’ve been on. Sexual assault?
August 7 Norwegian Escape BerNews reports an American tourist who said he had a medical marijuana card admitted to several drug offences, including importation, and was fined $2000. Randolph Knight, 46, from Atlanta, Georgia, who was a passenger on the Norwegian Escape, pled guilty to several drug charges. Those included bringing cannabis, cartridges containing tetrahydrocannabinol, a plastic grinder, and a smoking pipe into Bermuda on August 1. Customs officers stopped Knight and a woman after disembarking from the ship. When the officers went to examine a suitcase Knight said it belonged to him and the contents of the suitcase were all his. They later searched his cabin and found more cannabis, another pipe, and a plastic grinder. After being tested, it was determined that there were 10.84 grams of cannabis and 0.2 grams in the grinder. Drug bust
August 7 Ruby Princess KHNS reports Haines wasn’t scheduled to have any cruise ships in port tomorrow. But, with high winds forecasted in Northern Lynn Canal, around 3,000 extra visitors are headed for the Chilkat Valley.  The National Weather Service is forecasting a southerly gale at 35 knots, with gusts to 50 knots and 7 ft. seas.  Based on the forecast, the Ruby Princess will dock in Haines instead of sailing to Skagway.  The Haines-Skagway fast ferry, which shuttles cruise passengers between the two towns, is also cancelled Tuesday. Change of port call
August 6 Fascination

Crew Center reports authorities in Puerto Rico are investigating the death of a man. According to the police report, the man was identified as the 22-year-old Serbian national, Nikola Arnautovic. The young man was found hanged in his cabin on Sunday at around  10.41 am (14.41 GMT) after the vessel docked at Pier 4 in San Juan. In the past years, there have been several tragic events of cruise ship employees by hanging.  On February 15, 2017, a 27-year-old dishwasher from India was found hanging in his cabin: his fellow cabin mate took him down in an attempt to revive him, to no avail. In March 2016, a 21-year-old crew member Eduardo Sanchez Smith, who was working as a cook on Island Princess was found hanging in his cabin. In July 2015, a 33-year-old British national who was working as a cook on Crystal Serenity was found hanging in the cabinwhile the ship was in Bordeaux, France.

Crew member suicide
August 3 Amsterdam Coast Guard News reports the Coast Guard suspended its search Friday for a 35 year old man reported overboard in Sitka Sound, Alaska. Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received notification at 9 p.m., Thursday, from the Amsterdam reporting the man missing after he did not show up for his shift. The master was made aware of the missing man at 7:45 p.m. The Amsterdam crew made extensive searches of the vessel, but did not locate the crew member. Weather was reported as 45-mph winds, low visibility, 7-10 foot seas, a water temperature of 55 degrees and an air temperature of 62 degrees. Crew member missing
August 2 Golden Princess KRDB reports following complaints in mid-June of a cruise ship discharging discolored water while docked in Ketchikan, city officials investigated and say the discharge was from the Golden Princess cruise ship’s exhaust scrubbers. In a July 24th memo, City Public Works Director Mark Hilson writes that those in-port discharges may not comply with regulations, and are under investigation by state and federal enforcement officials. Hilson says the ship’s agent turned off the discharge after a notification from the city. The city also has notified Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska to cease all non-compliant discharges while in port. In a separate memo, Port and Harbors Director Steve Corporon writes that the state has ocean rangers on board vessels to monitor all discharges. He writes that the discharge from scrubbers is permitted through the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The state does not have its own permit for scrubber systems. In an email exchange with Corporon, state Environmental Program Manager Ed White writes that state ocean rangers have been asked to monitor scrubber discharges, following reports of discharges that could exceed state water quality regulations. The state could intervene if those regulations are violated. NOTE: On 28 July, 2018, CLIA's SVP (Brian Salerno) told an audience in Rockland, ME that CLIA members discharge nothing while a ship is in or near port, and he said a ship NEVER DISCHARGES INTO THE WATER discharges from smokestack scrubbers. He said compliance with these mandatory CLIA requirements are a condition of membership in CLIA, Discharge scrubber sludge in port - environmental
August 2 Celebrity Summit Star Tribune reports a New Jersey man has been charged with taking an "upskirt" picture of a 13-year-old girl on a cruise ship. The U.S. attorney's office says Jeffrey Goldstein is charged with violating a voyeurism statute According to a criminal complaint, the 31-year-old Hoboken resident was on a cruise ship leaving Bayonne on July 8 when he allegedly took the picture. An adult allegedly saw Goldstein approach the girl as she was watching the sun set then point his cellphone under her skirt. Cruise ship personnel also reviewed surveillance video. Investigators say they found more than 40 similar images on Goldstein's phone. Goldstein faces up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. He has been released on $25,000 bond. Arrest for upskirt photograph of 13 year old girl
August 1 Viking Cinderella YLE reports an intoxicated man aboard Viking Line's Cinderella cruise ship on Tuesday night tried to light his underpants on fire while he was being detained in a cell for unruly passengers, according to police in the Åland islands. Earlier during the cruise the man, who is in his 50s and without a known fixed address in Finland, was detained by crew members for drunkenness and placed in a cell to sober up. On Tuesday night the Cinderella was on its way from Stockholm, Sweden to Mariehamn, capital of Åland, an autonomous Finnish archipelago province. The man was handed over to local police when the cruise liner arrived in Mariehamn. In the on-board holding facility, the man reportedly tried to burn his underwear, according to Christoffer Ahlfors of the Åland police. The smoke detector was activated by the burning undergarment. Crew members put out the flames with a fire extinguisher. Pax starts fire
August 1 Unknown KTOO reports the U.S. Coast Guard carried out a rescue on the Chilkat Inlet near Haines today after a canoe carrying 11 people capsized at Glacier Point, 9 miles south of the Haines townsite. The canoe was being used for a guided tour for passengers from three different cruise ships. A Jayhawk helicopter from Sitka responded. One of the passengers was unresponsive at the scene. First responders performed CPR, but the passenger remained unconscious. The Coast Guard transported the passenger to Juneau by helicopter. The Associated Press reported that Steven Tod Willis, 50, of North Las Vegas, Nevada, died. The remaining 10 passengers were transferred to a small boat operated by the company in charge of the guided canoe tour. Death on shore ex
July 29 Hapag Lloyd Bremen CBS reports Norwegian authorities said a polar bear on Saturday attacked and injured a polar bear guard who was leading tourists off a cruise ship on an Arctic archipelago. The polar bear was shot dead by another employee, the cruise company said. The Joint Rescue Coordination for Northern Norway tweeted that the attack occurred when the tourists from the MS Bremen cruise ship landed on the most northern island of the Svalbard archipelago, a region between mainland Norway and the North Pole that is known for its remote terrain, glaciers, reindeer and polar bears. The injured man was taken by helicopter to the town of Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen island. He was not identified and no further information was given on him. All cruise ships traveling in the northern region are obliged to have polar bear guards on board. Polar bear attack ashore
July 27 Unknown Cayman News Service reports police have said that a 37-year-old man from the United States who was arrested on board a cruise ship Wednesday on suspicion of assault and possession of ganja is now in hospital in critical condition. The authorities have given almost no details about the man’s situation except to say that after being taken into police custody yesterday, some time during the day he was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital after “experiencing a medical issue”. He was arrested at 8:00am after the ship he was on docked in the George Town port and a 911 call was made. The RCIPS said that man and the woman he was travelling with had been involved in an altercation in international waters aboard the ship. When their cabin was searched by RCIPS officers they found an undisclosed quantity of ganja. He was then arrested on suspicion of assault ABH and possession of drugs. The female victim was taken to the George Town hospital for treatment for her injuries and later released. The police have not said how long after being in their custody the man became unwell or what the cause of the sudden critical illness or injury was. Pax arrested onboard - hospitalized
July 27 L'Austral Radio New Zealand reports the Southland Regional Council has been criticised for not helping large ships navigate Fiordland after a cruise ship collided with the ground in Milford Sound. French-registered passenger ship L'Austral was on a nine day cruise when it collided with the ground in Milford Sound in February last year - the ship's second crash while in New Zealand waters. It was dark and the crew were relying on the ship's navigation systems to set their course. A Transport Accident Investigation Commission investigation found the council did not fully consider the risks of navigating in with low visibility in the narrow passage. The Commission recommended the council work out how to mitigate the risks faced by large ships navigating the limited space in Fiordland as there was "little margin for error". The Commission also found the crew knew they were off-course and were alerted by safety settings, but failed to tell their pilot until it was too late. L'Austral also collided with rocks at Snares Islands a month before, in an area the Commission said was not suitable for safe navigation. Accident investigation
July 21 Zuiderdam Elliott Advocacy reports on a case where passengers were kicked off their cruise. Elaine Chan and her husband booked a 24-day cruise on Holland America’s Zuiderdam. But on day five, things went terribly wrong. “We did not expect our highly anticipated vacation to end as a nightmare in complete humiliation,” Chan explained. “We were kicked off the cruise by the Holland America captain in Helsinki.” Chan said that at 8 a.m., the captain called the couple into his office. He explained that there had been an incident during disembarkation two days earlier in St. Petersburg. The captain said that during that incident, several passengers had become verbally abusive to crew members. While leaving the ship, one passenger had escalated the situation by pushing an employee. Another crew member identified Chan’s husband as the person who did the shoving. As a result, they were no longer welcome on his ship. The shocked couple told the captain that they hadn’t been involved in any incident. The captain was unmoved and told them his decision was final. He ordered them to leave the cruise immediately. They had no recourse. Pax kikced off ship in Helsinki
July 20 Explorer OTS Cruise Law News reports two crew members, reportedly working on a lifeboat on the Explorer of the Seas, fell from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship near Victoria last evening. The two overboard ship workers were rescued by a rescue boat from the cruise ship, al;though other ships took part in the search. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre stated that “the two were working on a lifeboat on the Explorer of the Seas when they ended up in the water.” There is no indication exactly how long the workers were in the water or exactly how they fell from the cruise ship.  Royal Caribbean has work-aloft and working overboard procedures which require ship employees to be equipped with harness to prevent them from falling. Typically the work on lifeboats is permitted only after the ship employees obtain work-aloft certificates requiring that certain safety protocols set forth in the Royal Caribbean safety management system (called SQM on Royal Caribbean ship) be followed. Department heads and the staff captain typically must be aware of, approve and supervise the work. Crew Center reports: Vessel Towing & Salvage Company “C-Tow Victoria” responded to the scene and released the following video of the accident saying: “2 crew initially reported overboard the cruise ship Explorer of the Seas after rescue boat flips while either being lifted or lowered, crew fell from some height...unsure why it was being launched in these conditions. -two recovered by the pilot boat, then a potential 3rd missing, then found on the ships rescue boat along side. Ships rescue boat breaks down, towed by Vic 1 for a while before restarted, cut free and hoisted back aboard. Pilot boat returned with the crew after being checked out in Victoria by EMS and put back onboard, and the ship is back on their way...” 2 cew members accidentally go overboard in life boat accident
July 17 Norwegian Escape Bermnews reports a 41-year-old cruise ship passenger was today fined a total of $1,300 for drugs offences and resisting Customs officers. Rene Rosengart, from New York, admitted importing cannabinoid oil and what she believed to be ecstasy pills — although the pills were later found not to contain illegal drugs. Customs officials found an e-cigarette cartridge that contained cannabinoid oil which led to a search of the couple’s cabin. A container of pills was found and Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo was told Customs officials had to struggle with Rosengart, who tried to grab the pills and swallow them. Rosengart admitted importation of the oil and what she had believed to be ecstasy. Drug bust
July 15 Westerdam National Park Traveler reports a 69-year-old passenger of a Holland America cruise ship has been lost overboard at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska. In a brief news release, the park said Saturday night that it had suspended its search for the man, who was reported missing from Westerdam on Friday. The individual was reported missing at 3:50 p.m. when he did not appear for a medical appointment on board, a park release said. The Park Service was notified 7:30 Friday evening after a ship-wide search confirmed that the passenger was absent.  Searches for the unidentified passenger were conducted both from Park Service boats and from the air, supported by the U.S. Coast Guard. The release did not say where along the 65-mile Glacier Bay the man was reported missing, and park staff could not immediately be reached Sunday morning.
Pax overboard
July 15 Celebrity Equinox From a passenger: Ship missed the San Juan port call due to a medical evacuation.  Glad to hear the passenger was ok. Skipped port call
July 13 Carnival Conquest Cruise Law News reports a passenger is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl during an eastern Caribbean  cruise, according to a newspaper in West Virginia where the young man resides. U.S. Federal prosecutors reportedly filed a motion for a guilty plea hearing in U.S. District Court in Charleston, West Virginia yesterday. Judge Joseph Goodwin scheduled the motion for hearing on Monday, July 16 at 10 a.m. If convicted, Mr. Morrison faces up to 15 years in prison. The newspaper articles state that he is being prosecuted via a criminal information rather than a grand jury indictment, "which usually indicates a suspect plans to enter a guilty plea." According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Joshua Morrison, of Kenova, West Virginia, who was 18 years old a the time of the cruise and is now age 21, is accused of coercing a girl from Utah, then just age 12 years old, into performing sexual acts while the two were on a cruise aboard the Carnival Conquest. The alleged crime reportedly occurred during the cruise on January 8, 2016, when he was 18 years old. Sexual assault of minor
July 10 Seven Seas Mariner News 1130 reports a search is underway off southwest Vancouver Island for a 73-year-old man who went into the water early this morning from a cruise ship. The United States coast guard confirms the man is missing from the Seven Seas Mariner, which was heading to Victoria on the 10th day of an 11-day Alaska cruise that began in Vancouver on June 30. Petty Officer Trevor Lilburn says the captain of the cruise ship has reported the man went overboard from the balcony of his stateroom at about 4:15 a.m. KOMO reports two search helicopters and three rescue boats searched the nearby water, eventually locating the unconscious man Tuesday afternoon. He was flown to a Port Angeles hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Coast Guard said there is no indication of why the man went overboard. An investigation will help determine what happened. Pax overboard - body recovered
July 9 Norwegian Dawn WCVB reports the Sargent family sailed from Boston to Bermuda on the Norwegian Dawn last week, and every day, even after their rooms were cleaned and sheets changed, they say they noticed the same stains kept appearing.  "We noticed on our sheets there were like red bloody marks and these dark black stains," Sargent said. "I just thought they had washed the sheets with pens or markers that hadn't come out."  Looking closely at a photo of Room 8106, they saw a black bug. Still, the family said they didn't think anything of it and didn't have any kind of reaction, until they went swimming in the ocean while still vacationing. They noticed their skin was having a reaction and thought it had something to do with tropical bugs.  When they returned home over the weekend, the Sargent family said the real trouble began, seeing quarter-sized welts on their bodies.  "It started out with like five (welts) and they just kept popping up," Megan Sargent said.  A doctor informed them it wasn't something tropical causing this reaction. It was bed bugs. The reaction can be delayed and varied.  The trip of a lifetime cost the Sargent family $5,000. Now on steroids, and unsatisfied with what they call Norwegian's lack of action, they are warning others of Room 8106. WCVB reached out to Norwegian for comment. They said they are investigating. Bed Bugs
July 8 Unnamed WOWT reports the owners of a popular dinner cruise ship in Virginia are being sued by a customer who says the ship's no-skid flooring worked too well. The lawsuit in federal court accuses the Spirit of Norfolk cruise ship of inappropriately using no-skid flooring on a part of the ship where cruisers play the game cornhole. The plaintiff, 66-year-old Jeffrey Makuch, says he took a cruise on the ship in June 2016 and fell while playing cornhole. He says the no-skid floor made it impossible for him to properly shift his weight while stepping to throw a beanbag. The cruise ship owners have filed a reply denying that their flooring presents a risk. The Virginian-Pilot reports ( the lawsuit seeks roughly $375,000 in damages. Lawsuit
July 7 Allure of the Seas Cruise Law News reports two cruise passengers were involved in a zip lining accident during a stop in Roatan, Honduras on July 5, 2018. A couple who arrived in Roatan on a cruise ship last Thursday collided with one another while on a zip line. The newspaper in Honduras identified the passengers as Egael Fishman and Shirf Fanken, reportedly both citizens of Israel. Mr. Fishman was killed during the accident and Ms. Fanken was seriously injured during the accident. Mr. Fishman and Ms. Fanken were taken from the scene of the accident to the Wood Medical Center in Coxen Hole; Ms Fishman was and was subsequently flown via air ambulance back to the U.S.  A newspaper in Israel state sshe died from his injuries. Death on shorex
July 6 Phoenix - Ferry Reuters reports rescuers in Thailand deployed helicopters on Friday in a search for 29 people still missing after the sinking of a tourist boat off the island of Phuket, as the death toll in the incident rose to 27. The Royal Thai Navy said “quite a few bodies” were found in the vessel, the Phoenix, after it capsized and sank in rough seas on Thursday carrying 105 passengers, comprised of 93 Chinese tourists and 12 Thai crew and tourist guides.  Police are investigating the incident, the Phuket Marine Police said, adding that the boat was properly registered and had not been overloaded at the time of the accident. Sinks
July 5 KM Lestari Maju - Ferry EDM Digest reports 34 people have been confirmed dead after an Indonesian ferry sank off the coast of Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province on Tuesday. According to local authorities, 155 people managed to swim or be pulled to safety. The latest rescue effort was initially complicated by bad weather. Heavy seas prevented large boats from approaching the KM Lestari Maju ferry and trapped some passengers on the stricken vessel overnight. The ferry reportedly was over capacity with a total of 189 passengers. In addition to the passengers, the vessel was carrying 48 cars and motorcycles. These vehicles were seen temporarily floating after the sinking. As the ship began taking on water, the captain steered the vessel toward nearby Selayar Island. Then, he deliberately crashed the ferry in the shallows to save as many lives as possible, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster management agency. Sinks
July 4 Unknown Norwegioan Eyewitness News reports investigators are probing the alleged drowning of a man near Great Stirrup Cay in the Berry Islands – the second incident of its kind in the last week.Police said it was after 1:00 p.m. when a man, who was reportedly a passenger on a cruise ship, was discovered unresponsive floating in waters off the cay.He was removed from the water and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was rendered. The man was transported to the local clinic where he was pronounced dead, police said. Last week a Chinese woman allegedly drowned on the same cay. Pax drowns at private island
July 3 Carnival Fklorida Record reports a woman recently filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Carnival Corp. after allegedly suffering an injury while aboard a cruise ship owned by the company.. The suit May 29 claiming her injuries, including a damaged rotator cuff, were the result of the company’s negligence and that the duty of care owed to her was violated. The injury occurred when Hutchinson stepped off an elevator and tripped over an elevated threshold on July 22, 2017. Her suit claims the injuries could have been avoided if warning signs had marked the threshold and adds that the design of the threshold was negligent to begin with. It is seeking damages over $75,000 as well attorney’s fees and other costs. Lawsuit - tripped
July 3 Unnamed Royal Gazette reports a woman cruise ship passenger was fined $500 today after she admitted an attack on another woman on board the ship. Gina Martell, 36, of Kingston, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to assault in Magistrates’ Court.  The court heard that victim Alexandra Thornton was at dinner in a restaurant on the cruise ship berthed in Dockyard last night.  Martell began yelling at Ms Thornton outside a restroom at about 9.30pm.  She then pulled the woman to the floor and punched her on the back of the head several times and pulled her hair. Ms Thornton suffered head pain and bruises to both knees.  She told police that Martell was a complete stranger.  Assault - Pax on Pax
July 1 Carnival Glory Times-Pacayune reports a cruise ship crew member who had gone overboard on Saturday (June 30) was found nearly a day later by another cruise ship near Cuba, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. A 33-year-old crew member aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Getaway was seen going overboard 28 miles northwest of Pinar del Rio on Cuba's western side, the Coast Guard said.  A Coast Guard search for the crew member began about 10 minutes later, eventually covering 1,630 square miles, to no avail. But the following day -- about 22 hours after the crew member was seen going overboard -- the missing crew member was seen in the water by someone on the Carnival Glory about 21 miles north of Cuba. A steward saw the crew member.  Rescues person overboard
June 30 Norwegian Getaway Local10 News reports the U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a cruise ship crew member who fell overboard Saturday off the coast of Cuba. The Coast Guard said a 33-year-old Filipino crew member fell overboard from the Norwegian Getaway around 3:30 p.m. about 28 miles northwest of Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Crew member overboard - rescued alive
July 29 Norwegian Sky Eyewitness News reports Berry Island Police are investigating the death of a Chinese female, after she allegedly drowned. Investigators said it was shortly after 11:00 a.m. Thursday, when the woman was discovered floating in waters off Great Stirrup Cay. Police said the unresponsive woman was removed from the water and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) rendered, although it is unclear who removed her or performed the CPR. She was transported to the local clinic on Berry Island, according to police, where she was pronounced dead. Investigations are said to be ongoing. Pax drowns at private island
June 29 Nissos Rodos (Ferry) Lifelinehellas reports a 23 year old man went missing traveling from Chios Island to Pireus Greece with the Nissos Rodos. The ship departed Chios 27/6 and arrived in pireus 6.46 28/7 He is still missing, Sarantis Koliadelis. Passenger missing
June 28 Seven Seas Mariner CDC reports  38 of 652 (5.83%) passengers and  0 of 457 (0%) crew have reported gastrointestinal illness of the 20-30 June cruise. Illness outbreak
June 23 Zaandam CDC reports  58 of 1,472 (3.94%) passengers and  15 of 591 (2.54%) crew have reported gastrointestinal illness of the 18 June - July 2 cruise. UPDATE 28 June: 95 of 1,472 (6.45%) and 18 of 591 (3.05%) crew. Illness outbreak
June 21 Ferry - Indonesia CNN reports search effort for more than 190 people presumed drowned after a tourist ferry sank on a crater lake in Indonesia earlier this week has been extended a further four days, amid growing anger over the government's failure to prevent the tragedy. The boat, which was believed to be more than three times its passenger capacity, sank on Monday after encountering high-waves while crossing Lake Toba, on the Indonesian province of North Sumatra. Only 18 survivors have been found from an estimated 213 on board.
June 17 Berlin Cruise Law News reports the ship has been stuck in Dublin, Ireland for the past several days. It arrived early in the morning of June 14, where it has remained for the past three days. The delay has already caused the passengers to miss the remaining port of call. It appears that the passengers will be disembarked today in Dublin and flown back to Bremerhaven. Embarkation for new passengers will reportedly occur tomorrow in Dublin.  "We arrived on 14 June suppose to sail same date 17.00.  Suppose to sail yesterday then said today finally this morning captain said to guest waiting for information from the home office and port authorities.  Guests were given 250 euro on their cards and refunded their excursion fares." Crew members meanwhile have not been permitted to go ashore. The cause of the delay seems to be a problem with one of its 14 lifeboats which, reportedly, is "out of order."  The exact problem with lifeboat no. 6 has not been disclosed to the guests or crew but it was discovered by port authorities during an inspection on June 14th. Maritime regulations including Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations mandated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) require a minimum number of operational lifecrafts (a combination of lifeboats and liferafts).  Dedtained in port (Dublin)
June 16 Carnival Magic Cruise Fever reports Carnival Cruise Line has altered the itinerary due to an issue with the maximum cruising speed of the vessel. Carnival Magic was scheduled to depart from Port Canaveral today on a seven night cruise to the Eastern Caribbean with port stops in Grand Turk, Amber Cove, San Juan, and St. Thomas. The cruise line has canceled the port stop in St. Thomas and will now just visit the other three ports. Carnival Cruise Line is giving all passengers on Carnival Magic $50 in onboard credit for the canceled port stop. Propulsion problems - skipped port
June 14 Carnival Splendor From a passenger: Boy do I have a story to tell you! We were on the Carnival Splendor (departed Saturday, 9 June) with scheduled calls to Cabo San Lucas (two days) and Puerto Vallarta. While underway, on Saturday night, a guest had a medical emergency. We turned around and sailed six hours towards San Diego to meet up with a coast guard helicopter. Passenger was airlifted off the ship early Sunday morning, and we proceeded south towards Cabo San Lucas. While underway to Cabo, a tropical storm that had been in the Pacific quickly became a category 2 and then category 4 hurricane (Hurricane Bud). Later that Sunday, it was announced that we would miss our first Cabo San Lucas port call due to the delay caused by the earlier medical emergency. On Monday, our unexpected sea day, it was announced that our call to Puerto Vallarta would be cancelled due to the projected path of the hurricane. In its place, they scheduled a call to Ensenada for that Friday. Despite the hurricane barreling towards Cabo, Carnival was confident they could make a port call both on Tuesday and potentially Wednesday. According to the captain, this decision was made because conditions had improved. So it's Tuesday, we've been at sea for two days, and Splendor is just off Cabo San Lucas. We stayed in the area for about three hours monitoring the weather. However, the ocean swells were just too high to operate tenders safely, and were projected to get worse. Tuesday and Wednesday's calls to Cabo San Lucas were cancelled, and replaced with a Thursday call to Catalina Island. For this inconvenience, guests were offered a $200 onboard credit and a voucher for 50% off a future cruise. An impromptu forum was scheduled with the captain, cruise director, guest services manager, etc. It was an absolute slaughter. Lots of angry guests yelling, demanding more compensation, calling the captain and Carnival reckless for sailing us into the storm, questioning the health of the guest who was evacuated, etc. As we were underway to Catalina Island, on 13 June, it was announced that for logistical reasons we were unable to call there. Instead, we would dock in San Diego.
After the itinerary change from Catalina Island to San Diego, the compensation offer to guests was increased to 100% off a future cruise, in addition to the $200 per stateroom onboard credit. They also had a few other enticements such as free games in the arcade and 20% off liquor and Carnival logo item purchases in the Fun Shops. Guests could also invoke Carnival's 110% vacation guarantee and disembark the ship in San Diego. They would receive a 100% refund and an additional 10% towards their Sail & Sign charges. Carnival also provided transportation from San Diego to LAX, LGB, and the Long Beach cruise terminal. We decided to disembark in San Diego, and safely returned to Long Beach. All in all about half the guests elected to disembark.
Itinerary change - cruise shortened
June 14 Deutchland AIDAsol The Orcadian reports the visit to Kirkwall of the cruise ship Deutschland, which was due in alongside Hatston Pier on Thursday, has been cancelled due to the weather forecast. Earlier this week OIC Marine Services also gave advance notice that the visit of the cruise ship AIDAsol was also cancelled due to the high wind warning. Port calls cancelled (weather)
June 13 Nannamed - RCI Sydney Morning Herald reports aman whose cruise ship holiday was ruined by snoring neighbours has had his appeal to claim more than $3000 from the cruise ship company dismissed by a Brisbane court. Brendan Ritson and his partner took an 11-night cruise holiday from December 11, 2016, but, according to a tribunal decision handed down by QCAT adjudicator Michael Howe last week, “did not enjoy themselve." Mr Ritson wanted RCL Cruises LTD, trading as Royal Caribbean Cruises, to repay him $3270 for both himself and his partner, covering all his expenses, an amount that was reduced at the initial hearing to $2436 for the price of accommodation. Lawsuit - "Did not enjoy themselves" - neighbour snored and noisy
June 6 Unnamed Bernews reports police have confirmed the death of 62-year-old American cruise ship visitor Yvonne Aites, and said the autopsy results confirm the cause of death as drowning. Ms. Aites, from Massachusetts, apparently fell off of a Jet Ski into the water near Cambridge Beaches, Sandys parish Monday morning [June 4th] during a Jet Ski tour and became unconscious. Despite lifesaving efforts on the water which continued as she was rushed to King Edward VII Memorial hospital via ambulance, Ms. Aites was later pronounced dead. Pax death ashore
June 5 Voyager OTS Cruise Law News reports a Miami-Dade County jury returned a verdict against Royal Caribbean Cruises of more than $20,000,000 on behalf of an officer who was injured on the Voyager of the Seas during an accident in 2008. Royal Caribbean officer Lisa Spearman was seriously and permanently injured when a watertight door crushed her right hand when she came to the assistance of the cruise ship nurse. The ship nurse stumbled while attempting to walk past the door during an emergency test, according to the lawsuit which her attorneys filed. Ms. Spearman alleged that following the accident, Royal Caribbean refused to re-hire her and then refused to pursue disability benefits on her behalf. She sued the cruise line for negligence under the Voyager of the SeasJones Act, unseaworthiness of the vessel under the General Maritime Law, failure to provide prompt, proper and adequate medical care (also under U.S. General Maritime law), failure to pay wages under 46 U.S.C. 10313, retaliatory discharge and breach of contract. The jury returned a verdict of $20,300,000 after a three week trial. Lawsuit
June 5 Pacific Jewel News.Australia reports a holiday to celebrate Christmas has turned into a painful ordeal for a young woman who was injured by pieces of ceiling that fell on her during a P&O cruise. Wollongong woman Montana Smith, 21, was 14 years old when the incident happened on the Pacific Jewel in 2011, just two days after Christmas. She was struck on the head and shoulder by three ceiling panels, each about one metre long and 15cm thick, while she was standing on a staircase on the ship. The NSW Supreme Court has ordered P&O to pay more than $400,000 in damages to Ms Smith, as the young woman said her injuries have left her in ongoing pain that made her teenage years difficult. The court heard Ms Smith was standing in a companionway with her cousins when the panels dropped and landed on her. After months of visits to doctors and specialists, Ms Smith was found to have suffered an injury to her cervical spine — the neck vertebrae. The injury has so far cost more than $8000 in medical treatment, including painful injections, which has so far been unable to alleviate her pain. She is still likely to need surgery, more than six years after the incident. The court heard Ms Smith was a gifted athlete and dancer but many of her hobbies were impeded by her injury. Lawsuit settled
May 28 Carnival Miracle Fox13News reports ... Selfies outside Tampa’s Florida Aquarium were Plan B for this Pennsylvania family. Plan A had to be scrapped because of an unanticipated maintenance issue aboard the Carnival Miracle. “We got an email about a week ago saying the cruise was going to be delayed by two days,” said passenger Christopher Grilz. Carnival gave passengers the option to cancel and receive a full refund, or reschedule. But after months of planning his family’s vacation, Grilz chose to stick with it. “So we’re like, we’re already here, I guess were just going to sit there and go with it, and see what happens,” he said. Carnival says guests will receive a $200 credit, along with a 2-day prorated stipend for their cruise fare. Grilz said he was told about a third of the customers decided to cancel. Though he knows staff is doing all they can, he was hoping for more details. “Is it an engine issue, is it a propulsion issue? A navigation issue? That’s the question we’re at right now, we just want answers, we want to know why we’re not going out to the ocean.” With his seven-day cruise now down to five, he hopes it will be smooth sailing, come Tuesday. In a statement, Carnival Cruise Lines said in part their decision was made “With the goal of limiting the overall impact to guests.” They booked additional entertainment and activity options for guests over the next two days. Stuck in port (2 days)
May 28 Blue Horizon (ferry) Safety4Sea reports the Piraeus Port Authority and Hellenic Coast Guard authorities are searching for a man, after he reportedly fell overboard from the RoRo passenger ship 'Blue Horizon', while the ship was docked in the port of Piraeus, in the evening hours of 23 May.The incident was reported soon after the ship had departed from Piraeus, heading to the port of Heraklion, with 255 passengers and 98 crew members onboard. However, this made the vessel to come back to Piraeus. As soon as the Port Authority was notified, five patrol boats of the Hellenic Coast Guard and the Hellenic Navigation service headed to the scene in search of the missing man. In addition, three two-wheelers vehicles, as well as executives of the Special Missions Group of the Piraeus Port Authority, participated in the investigation in the port, with negative results so far. Local media suggest the missing passenger is a 25-year old man. Passenger overboard
May 24 Silver Shadow CDC reports 28 of 327 (8.56%)passengers and 8 of 290 (2.76%) crew have reported gastrointestinal illness of the 10-24 May cruise. A CDC Vessel Sanitation Program epidemiologist will travel to Seward, Alaska, to meet the ship in port on May 24, 2018, to conduct an epidemiologic investigation and monitor the ship’s sanitation procedures.  Illness
May 22 Carnival Paradise WFMY News reports a 50-year-old man from Greensboro is reportedly missing from a cruise ship and the US Coast Guard is actively searching for him. The man has been identified as Brian Lamonds. The US Coast Guard Key West watchstanders said they got the call around 10 a.m., from the cruise ship saying a man was missing and reportedly went overboard from the Carnival Paradise.Incident happened Tuesday approximately 85 miles west of Fort Myers, Fla., the Coast Guard says. Passenger missing
May 22 Vision of the Seas Cruise Law News reports the ship lost power during the early morning hours of May 22, 2018. Several passengers are reporting that the Royal Caribbean cruise ship sustained a power and propulsion outage, leaving the ship floating in the Sea of Crete with only its emergency lighting on.  Subsequent information is that the ship regained power and is now sailing slowly toward Santorini. AIS systems (right) show the ship under power at a speed of a little over 7 knots.  There is an unconfirmed rumor that the Vision allegedly struck something, although this has not been confirmed. The Vision of the Seas is sailing on a 12 day cruise from Monday, May 14 to Saturday, May 26 to the Greek Isles, leaving and returning to Barcelona, Spain.  It was sailing between Mykonos to Santorini when it experienced power failure. Power loss
May 22 Carnival Sunshine Turks and Caicos Weekly Nerws reports a 16 year old cruise passenger died when his jetski collided with another. Reports are that two jet skis, one of which the teen was operating, collided in the water causing the teenager to fall and break his neck. The other person, the teen's uncle, sustained no injuries. Death in jet ski accident
May 22 Unnamed Bernewsreports a 20-year-old visitor from the United States was fined after pleading guilty to possessing a bullet. James Lathan from Virginia was visiting Bermuda on a cruise ship when a bullet was found in his backpack during a security check, with Mr Lathan telling the Court today he was “unaware” it was there. Mr Lathan told the Court he was on his honeymoon and was “truly sorry” about the matter, saying he had “no idea it was there.” After the bullet was found, he was arrested and spent the night in jail, which he told the Court was quite “scary,” and after appearing in Court this morning, he was fined $250 to be paid forthwith Arrested for possessing one bullet
May 20 Marina Florida Record reports a woman wants a cruise line to be held liable for a slip and fall according to court documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on May 9. Maureen Fisher filed the complaint against Oceania Cruises Inc. after she allegedly slipped and fell on the wet deck of one the Marina ocean liner. Another patron, Maureen Starnes, reportedly fell on Fisher amid the incident. Fisher suffered right fibula fractures around her ankle, fractured ribs, and lots of bruising on the right side of her leg, which ultimately led to problems with her circulation, the lawsuit alleges. Fisher cited negligence as a cause of action. She stated it was Oceania’s responsibility, as the owner and operator of the ship, to perform reasonable care for her and other passengers on the ship. It was also the defendant’s responsibility to warn passengers of any potential harm, she argued. Lawsuit for slip and fall
May 19 Sun Princess Freemantle Gazette reports a search and rescue operation for an elderly passenger who had fallen overboard on the Sun Princess cruise ship has been called off. A Carnival Australia spokeswoman said Princess Cruises had confirmed it had called the operation off after the Australian passenger in his 80s went overboard on its way to Port Kelang. The ship is about 100 nautical miles south east of Singapore on a 12-day voyage from Fremantle to Singapore. It departed on May 13. Indonesian search and rescue authorities tonight released the Sun Princess, whose crew had searched until dark for the man. Passenger overboard
May 16 MSC Seaside NZ Herald reports a search was underway near the U.S. Virgin Islands on Wednesday for a crew member on a cruise ship who apparently went overboard in rough seas. Geneva-based MSC Cruises said the crew member on the MSC Seaside was reported missing before dawn while the ship was en route to Puerto Rico from St. Maarten. The ship turned around to search for the crew member with the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard and other ships in the area. The effort has been hampered by large swells and winds of more than 30 mph. The Coast Guard said the man went overboard from the seventh deck of the Seaside while the ship was about 10 miles southeast of St. Thomas. The missing man was identified as 37-year-old Michael Majaba of the Philippines. Majaba reportedly went overboard from the seventh deck of the Maltese-flagged cruise ship at approximately 1 a.m. Wednesday. The cruise ship crew launched a search and contacted watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector San Juan Command Center at approximately 4 a.m. alerting them of the situation. Crew member overboard
May 13 Silver Wind Cruise Law News reports the ship recently failed a sanitation inspection by United States Public Health (USPH) inspectors, in March.  On March 18, 2018, the USPH inspected the Silver Wind in San Juan and found numerous unsanitary violations. Repeated problems were noted in the ship's potable water treatment. Inspectors located over two dozen flies in the galley, food preparation and dish washing areas. (This seems to be some type of record; it certainly is the most flies I have ever seen recorded in a cruise ship sanitation inspection report). Inspectors located food items and food service equipment hidden in crew member lockers inside a changing room near an engine and air conditioning unit. You can locate the report, read about other unsanitary conditions and the corrective action report by searching for Silver Wind here. Failed sanitation inspection
May 6 Prince Vladimir Maritime Bulletin reports Much touted in Russia cruise liner PRINCE VLADIMIR, still berthed at Sochi port, Russian, Black sea, was to kick off 2018 Crimea cruise season on Apr 29, but opening cruise was delayed due to “monitoring system failure”, whatever it may mean. PRINCE VLADIMIR was to fix problem and set sail with passengers, bound for Crimea, on May 6, but failed again, this time because of fire in engine room, which took place during the night May 5-6. No additional information was available in Russian media, it was said only, that there were no passengers on board and that “the fire was quickly extinguished”, all crew meanwhile, were evacuated. Fire
May 5 Carnival Dream WAFB reports experienced a water line break and began to flood, a broken pipe flooded around 50 cabins on the ship and sent water cascading down deck 9. .Guests affected will receive a full refund, 50 percent off a future cruise, and are being given the option to get off the ship to be flown home. The 7-day cruise left New Orleans on Sunday, April 29. Broken water pipe floods
May 4 Fantasia Irish Times reports an 80-year-old Dublin man, who fell and fractured his leg while on a Mediterranean cruise, has settled a €60,000 damages claim against MSC Cruises Limited for an undisclosed sum. In a claim before the Circuit Civil Court, Anthony Harris alleged he had just disembarked from the cruise liner Fantasiawhen he tripped and fell on a dangerous and uneven cobbled surface while walking towards Customs. The accident had happened after the Fantasia berthed at Haifa, in Israel, on February 26th 2016. He had gone back on the cruise ship for treatment by the ship’s doctor as he had not wanted to attend hospital abroad. His leg had been X-rayed and he had been prescribed a course of paracetamol. When he had returned home he had been treated by Keith Synnott, consultant orthopaedic and spinal surgeon, for a fracture of his right leg, Mr Harris and his wife had in September 2015 booked an 11-night €2000-plus cruise of the Greek Isles and Israel with Travel Escapes in Carrickmines. Mr Harris sued MSC Cruises Limited, of Uxbridge, Englandfor breach of contract and for negligence as a consumer under the General Sale of Goods and Supply Services Act 1998. Barrister Abdulla Morgan Kamber told Judge Terence O’Sullivan when the case was called that there were ongoing talks in the case and asked for time. Following negotiations with barrister Aaron Shearer, who appeared for MCS Cruises, Mr Morgan Kamber told the court the case had been settled. Lawsuit over medical care
May 2 Multiple ships ITV reports another cruise liner has cancelled its visit to Guernsey today due to poor weather conditions. There have been nine cancellations so far this year, with seven due to weather and two because of itinerary changes. Only one cruise liner has managed to visit the island in 2018. Despite this Guernsey Harbours are still expecting a busy season. Over 90 ships are scheduled to call into St Peter Port Missed port calls
April 27

Celebrity Infinity

CDC reports 111 of 2,140 (5.19%) passengers and 7 of 970 (0.72%) crew have reported gastrointestinal illness of the 17 April- 2 May cruise. A CDC Vessel Sanitation Program epidemiologist and two environmental health officers will board the ship in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on May 2, 2018, to conduct an environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. illness
April 15 Carnival Vista Cruise Law News reports several passenger who disembarked today stated that there was a suspicious death on the cruise ship near the end of the eight day cruise leaving from and returning to Miami. One of the passengers stated that yesterday (Saturday) there was an announcement over the ship's intercom where a passenger's name (which I will keep anonymous) was repeatedly paged to report to guest services. The ship was approximately 20 miles from Cuba at the time.  "I just debarked from Carnival Vista. There was a death on the 6th floor and they kept someone inside their cabin with security not allowing them to leave the room . . . There was a man with a black jacket that said “Security” sitting outside of the door with a walkie talkie and a clip board with a pen." The passenger sent me a number of photos and videos which she took of the of the cabin door sealed with a sign which stated: "DO NOT ENTER This is a secured area and can only be entered with authorization by the Captain or Staff Captain" Suspicious death?
April 14 Fascination The Daily Herald report the ship did not call due to the massive dump fire that started Friday afternoon. “The decision was taken to protect the image of the country and to avoid a negative visitor experience,” according to a Port St. Maarten statement Skipped port call (NOT weather)
April 14 Marella Discovery (formerly SPlendor OTS) WINN-FM reports police have issued a statement on the death of a tourist during a dive tour in St. Kitts on Thursday morning and identified the deceased as 65-year-old Michael Henry Dunn, of the UK. Police say that Dunn and his wife visited St. Kitts aboard a cruise ship on Thursday and at about 10:30 am while out on a snorkeling excursion at Shitten Bay “witnesses say he appeared to be gasping for air after a few minutes in the water”. He was taken from the water and placed back on the vessel and the crew members administered CPR and returned to the marina at Port Zante. The Emergency Medical Service arrived at the Marina to assist when the vessel returned; however, Dunn was not breathing and was later pronounced dead by the District Medical Doctor. Pax dearth on shore ex
April 13 Anthem OTS From a passenger: Anthem of the Seas, April 7 sailing. It’s April 13, 4:45 PM EDT and they just announced a 24 yaer old male jumped from the stern intentionally. We turned around and everyone’s looking. The ship is enroute from Bahamas to New Jersey. UPDATE: The ship stopped its search at 7:00 PM and proceeded on to New Jersey. Other ships in the area apparently continued the search. Pax overboard
April 11 Pacific Dawn ABC reports a woman has fallen overboard from the P&O cruise ship Pacific Dawn, with a major search for her now underway. P&O released a statement saying a crew member saw the woman fall over the side of the ship about 4pm, 300 kilometres west of New Caledonia. According to Daily Mail, the mother who went overboard had gone on deck to be sick before she went into the water in front of her shell-shocked husband. A crew member raised the alarm after seeing the woman fall off P&O cruise-liner Pacific Dawn at about 4pm on Thursday when it was 300 kilometres west of Pacific island New Caledonia. As of 1.30am on Friday, the 245-metre ship was still battling giant Coral Sea waves as staff continued to search for the missing woman with the ship's spotlights. NOTE: The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010 originally planned to raise the height of railings so passenger couldn't fall overboard. At the time, the industry argued the height was sufficient -- that passengers couldn't fall overboard, however they continue to claim when persons go overboard that they fell.owever they continue to claim when persons go overboard that they fell. Pax overboard
April 10 MSC Armonia

Cruise Law News reportsthe ship crashed into the dock in Roatan, Honduras today, according to videos which were posted on Youtube. The MSC cruise ship is shown coming into the port at a higher than normal rate of speed. In addition to the vesel damage, there was significant damage to the pier.  There are several videos of the incident. Some of the videos show damage to the ship along the forward, port side of the ship.

Collision with dock
April 10 MSC Opera Cayman Compass reports a female crew member of a cruise ship who stayed in Grand Cayman after her ship left on March 22 was sentenced to three months in prison for illegally remaining on the island for 12 days when she appeared in Summary Court on Friday. Yusmaidys Ortiz Perez, 34, who had worked as a bar waitress aboard the MSC Opera, came ashore while the cruise ship was in port on March 22 and did not return to the ship. Defense attorney Prathna Bodden told the court that Ms. Ortiz Perez “broke down” after leaving the ship because her partner in Cuba had threatened to kill her and a manager on the ship was “exploiting” her. “While on the ship, she was exploited by a manager and she was asked to perform certain duties and if she didn’t, she was told she would lose her job,” Ms. Bodden said. Jailed for not returning to ship
April 9 Star Princess Daily Astorian reports strong winds and rain prompted the Star Princess cruise ship to cancel a planned stop in Astoria on Sunday. The vessel was heading from San Francisco to Vancouver, British Columbia, and had been scheduled to stop in Astoria carrying up to 2,600 passengers. Cancel port call - weather
April 8 Norwegian Gem From a passenger: On Monday, April 2nd two passengers were removed from the 9th floor while docked in Barbados by armed ship officers. The armed officers confronted the guests and asked them to open their safe, upon which drugs were allegedly found and the passengers were subsequently hauled off to local jail. On this same ship, two different passengers that were running late to the NYC embarkation arrived at 4pm and were hurried through security WITHOUT being scanned or having their belongings put through the X-ray scanner. Again, on this same trip, two passengers on floor 11 came back to their room to find security looking through their belongings with flashlights. They were not given a reason why except for “random inspection” and guest services and housekeeping and security could were not informed about these random inspections. Drug bust / random inspections
April 7 P&O Arcadia ITV reports a drug dealer from Dunstable who used a Caribbean cruise as cover for smuggling more than two hundred thousand pounds worth of cocaine into the country has been jailed for nine-and-a-half years. 55-year-old Kevin Enright, from Milton Way, had collected the drugs while in St Lucia, but Border Force Officers intercepted him when he docked at Southampton. He had two suitcases with false linings hiding around three kilograms of cocaine. "Our investigation involved liaison with law enforcement partners in the Caribbean, and through that, we were able to prove that Enright's story was made up. It became clear that he had contacts with others involved in drug trafficking on both sides of the Atlantic. Cocaine fuels violence and exploitation on our streets, and Enright's role was a crucial one in a long criminal chain. That is reflected in the sentence he received." Drug bust
April 4 Regal Princess From a passenger: During the late evening on April 2, there were multiple announcements about an event on deck 5, sector 6.  It was subsequently clarified that there was a small fire involving a deep fat fryer during a maintenance procedure.  The Captain also reported the fire was quickly contained and extinguished without injuries. No panic was observed. Later the same day, at about 4:30 pm, there was a report of smoke in the crew quarters. It was determined that the source was an overheated cell phone charger.  No injuries were reported. Small fire
April 3 Windstar Pride From a passenger: 2nd day now on generators. No air conditioning at all. Every room is hot. Dinner was outside on the deck last night. Some passengers flew home. Seems like the boat struggled to power from Martinique to st Lucia. A lot of rooms with no power at all. Some rooms have power. Some lights are out throughout the boat. Update: So now we have been rerouted from Guadeloupe to the Castries where they will dock overnight. Full open bar now. Not sure what is coming next. Propulsion is still working. Waiting to hear more from Seattle about compensation.  Lack of electricity/AC
April 3 Radiance OTS Travel Agent Central reports RCI has canceled the upcoming 11-night cruise on Radiance of the Seasdeparting April 6. It said that it had to cancel the cruise in order to conduct necessary repairs on the ship’s Azipod propulsion system, which impacts the ship’s speed and ability to deliver future scheduled cruises. Repairs are scheduled to take place from April 6 to April 17. Cruise canceled
April 3 Norwegian Spirit Express reports a search is ongoing for a tourist who went overboard around 2am this morning. Spanish Civil Guard and coastguards are taking part in a major sea search involving several vessels. Two Spanish Coastguard helicopters and a plane have also been mobilised. The search is focusing on an area near Mazarron in Murcia, south east Spain. Norwegian Spirit, which is understood to have 3,000 holidaymakers on board, was due to dock in the Costa Blanca capital Alicante early this morning. It took part early on in the search before telling coastguards it was continuing to Alicante, although it is thought it may now carry on to Barcelona. The missing tourist, a 34-year-old described as a man of Saudi Arabian origin, has not been named. According to a passenger, a group of teenagers was nearby when it happened. They were on deck 12 for quite a long time, and saw him close to the rail, deck 12, aft, starboard. He had his belongings, backpack phone`& cable, on a table nearby. They went a bit out of sight, and not long after they heard the cleaning person shout "no, no, no". They came back, and the man was not there anymore, but his belonging were still on the table. Guests reported, they had talked to the suicide man before. He came with family onto the cruise, but there were some serious family-discussions, and the rest of his family left on the first port in Casablanca. Pax overboard
April 3 Radiance OTS From a passenger: The ship has propeller problems. Heading down east coast of Australia. Captain just announced next cruise to New Zealand has been cancelled. Lots of unhappy Americans on board who are doing b2b2b cruises. Propulsion problems - cruise canceled
April 2 Norwegian Sun Cruise Law News reports that several readers alerted to a Facebook page called Panama Canal Sun chronicling the ill-fated cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Sunthrough the Panama Canal which left from Miami on March 16, 2018. Construction related to a deck refinishing project reportedly began on board the NCL cruise ship almost immediately according to the website. As you can see in the numerous photographs posted online, the cruise involved the sanding of the wooden decks and the application of noxious smelling chemicals and compounds throughout the open decks of the ship. Many of the ship employees/contractors involved in the work were wearing respirators due to the dust but the passengers obviously were not wearing personal protective equipment. There are dozens of comments on the Facebook page regarding dust generated by the work covering the public spaces. The heavy construction caused NCL to shut down numerous bars, deck spaces and restaurants. The photos show paint particles and fibrous insulation covering the decks. Flammable chemicals were stored on open decks. Many passengers complained of burning, itching and runny eyes and difficulty breathing due to the strong fumes and/or particles.  One passenger who complained to guest services of what they believed to be toxic fumes which were entering her cabin from the work on the outer decks. Guest services sent a supervisor to the cabin who reportedly sprayed "Fabrese" into the vent and around the cabin. The passengers were expecting a  dream vacation on a luxurious cruise ship but paid for a construction zone which woke them up in the early morning with noise and odors which they heard and smelled throughout the day and into the night. This appears to be a project which obviously should have taken place in dry-dock, not during a cruise with nearly two thousand people aboard trying to enjoy a relaxing vacation. The Facebook page members realized that this project was not due to the fault of the captain or crew but was the result of poor leadership from NCL's corporate offices here in Miami who essentially scheduled a floating dry-dock at sea with passengers aboard in order to maximize profits.  Ongoing construction during cruise - noxious fumes
March 31 P&O Azura From a passenger: I am currently on P&O's Azura where today in Civitavecchia an “extreme, unforecasted weather event” (Capain Evans Hoyt’s words) caused Azura to break free of her berth (the mooring lines snapped) and move adrift in the port. Tugs were quickly mobilised and combined with use of the thrusters the ship was safely docked on the opposite berth in the port. Captain Hoyt praised the engineering team for bringing the engines online so quickly. More than 1000 passengers (Cruise Director’s statistic) were stuck on the pier for hours after the gangway collapsed and passengers had to move to the other side of the port. Fortunately no-one was injured. Azura is still in port at the time of writing (20:00 local time) while an investigation is completed. Broke free of berth - adrift
March 30 Norwegian Joy South China Morning Post reports a group of Chinese tourists who were angry that their cruise ship had 
been delayed by bad weather staged a protest with strong nationalist  overtones by jostling staff while loudly singing the country’s national anthem. The incident is the latest in a series of cases where Chinese tourists 
have resorted to shows of “patriotism” when inconvenienced. It was not clear exactly when the incident occurred, but images of the  incident appeared online late this week. A report published on Friday by sina.comdescribe how the mainly  middle-aged passengers angrily jostled crew members while singing the 
country’s national anthem, The March of the Volunteers. One man responded to the protest by shouting “well done” at his fellow  passengers. The vessel had been due to leave for Nagasaki in Japan on Tuesday and 
was due to return to Shanghai on Saturday. But NCL said the company had been forced to cancel the trip because of poor weather. It added that the vessel Norwegian Joy had been forced to stay in port 
because of a fog alert issued by the Shanghai Observatory.
Canceled cruise - Pax protest
Masrch 28 MSC Opera Cayman Newws Service reports a 34-year-old Cuban woman working on a cruise ship that docked in Grand Cayman Tuesday was reported missing after she failed to re-board the ship before its departure from George Town later that day. The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service were told about the missing woman yesterday (Tuesday 27 March) and are asking for the public’s help in tracking down Yusmaidys Ortiz Perez, who arrived here among the crew of the MSC Opera at 8:15am but was not on board when it sailed out of port at around 3:15pm. Crew missing ashore
March 25 Pacific Princess From a passenger: The ship cancelled port calls today (Santorini) and tomorrow (Aghios Nikolais/Crete) due to rough seas and high winds.  It will instead add a port call in Corfu on March 27.
Canceled port calls - change itinerary
March 20 Carnival Glory

Cruise Law News reports a crew member is missing from the Carnival Glory which arrived in Amber Cover, Dominican Republic yesterday morning around 7:00 A.M. The ship left Miami on Saturday, March 17, 2018 and sailed at sea on Sunday, March 18th.  The crew member is reportedly a galley worker from India. Several passengers reported the ship making constant announcements for the crew member to report to the galley yesterday morning, after the ship arrived in the Dominican Republic.  Several crew members have also stated that a galley worker went overboard prior to the Carnival ship reaching Amber Cove.  The ship has not officially stated that the crew member went overboard, and Carnival refuses to respond to our request for information which we made yesterday evening.  Goa Herald reports Deepak Gad, young seamen from Velim, has gone missing from one more Carnival Glory ship from Sunday. He is reported to have been missing since Sunday, March 18, while the cruise ship was at sea, en-route to Amber Cove, Dominican Republic. The Goa Seamen Association of India has said they are in constant touch with Mr Nelson Scott from Carnival Miami head office as well as the local agent in Goa.  As per Carnival Glory shipping sources “all efforts are being made to trace the body which has been untraceable till date.” Deepak had called a night before he went missing and complained of a back pain and was on treatment on board. It is also learnt that he wanted to come home but his company told him that he has to buy his own airline ticket which he could not afford as he was only three months in his first contract. He was very depressed and disturbed according to his brother who the GSAI met on Wednesday. The Indian consulate in New York is also monitoring the situation as well as the NRI Department Government of Goa. This is second incident in less than a year from the same cruise line wherein Mr Symron Almeida from Cuncolim went missing last year and the body has still not been found. "It is a matter of concern as many seafarers are going missing lately due to work load and harassment on board. Our Government needs to be more serious in handling such cases as most of the time the families cannot get justice," says Dixon Vaz, spokesperson for GSAI.

Crew member overboard
March 19 Carnival Fantasy WKRG reports dense fog over the Gulf Coast Monday morning delayed the return of the ship to the Alabama Cruise Terminal in downtown Mobile. Subsequently, it was announced the ship will arrive in port at 7 pm tonight and some passengers that want to get off will do so, the remaining passengers will debark tomorrow morning at 7 am. No one will be boarding tonight, so folks will be looking for hotel rooms, restaurants and other things to do tonight in town. Regular boarding will commence tomorrow morning around 10:15 am for those passengers who were supposed to leave today. Delayed arrival & departure (fog)
March 19 Carnival Breeze From a passenger: March 16, 2018 on the Carnival Breeze out of Galveston. While at port in Cozumel about 1700 ship time, young male approx 18-21 yo fell from balcony stateroom. Suffered severe head injuries, treated by passengers for about 10 min before carnival medical personnel arrived. Luckily there was an Army guy and EMT within 25 feet of where he landed (head first) on railing of 5th Deck. They provided first aide until carnival employees finally showed up. Carnival Dream was in port on the same side as fall. There were multiple people with cameras taking videos and pictures.  Fall from balcony to lower deck
March 16 Disney Wonder Fox5San Diego reports a Brazilian national who pleaded guilty to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Walt Disney Co. while working aboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in prison. Renan Dias Da Rocha Gomes, 32, admitted to making about $260,000 worth of unauthorized charges to a company bank account and loading the value of the funds onto Disney gift cards while employed as a merchandise host on the vessel over a two-year period that ended with his arrest in San Diego last October. During a search of Gomes’ cabin aboard the Disney Wonder, investigators found more than 200 gift cards, a stolen watch and $1,240 in cash, court documents state. According to his plea agreement, Gomes executed the scheme by fraudulently obtaining money through his access to an online payment system. He also admitted that he spent roughly $37,700 of the stolen funds by taking his family on a Disney World vacation last spring. Guilty of embezzling money
March 15 Astoria The Orcadian reports one of the first cruise liners due to visit Orkney this season has cancelled its stop here due to the harsh weather expected over the next few days The ship was due to tie up at Hatston Pier tomorrow morning, Friday, however, the ship’s itinerary has been changed and it will now be bypassing Orkney altogether. High winds and rough seas have been predicted for Orkney from yesterday until Saturday night.  Misssed port call (weather)
March 15 MSC Divina Royal Gazette reports the ship has cancelled its Bermuda visit today because of bad weather. It was scheduled to arrive at Heritage Wharf in Dockyard this morning and depart this evening. The Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre duty officer said the ship arrived at the pilot station on schedule at 7am. He added: “But the captain assessed the weather conditions and with the winds at the time, not less than 35 kts, decided for the safety of the vessel to cancel the call into Bermuda. The vessel continued its voyage onwards to the Azores.” Misssed port call (weather)
March 14 Regal Princess Cruise Law News reports several Princess Cruises passengers informed me that an incinerator fire occurred on the Regal Princess during the week of February 25th (two weeks ago). An alarm was sounded, and cruise passengers were later advised that the incinerator fire had been extinguished. Incinerator fire
March 13 Carnival Spirit News 9 reports a Sydney father who says he was wrongly accused of exposing himself to a young female passenger on a Carnival cruise, then beaten up by her father and interrogated by security before they noticed their obvious mistake, is now suing the company. Passenger John Sun is taking legal action against Carnival Australia after the alleged incident on an eight-day return cruise from Sydney to New Caledonia in December 2016. A statement of claim lodged with the NSW District Court claims that on December 10 onboard security was told a man had exposed and then touched himself in front of young female passengers. According to the claim, security staff showed a particular girl photographs of Mr Sun - who was travelling with his wife and daughter - and the parents of the young girl were provided with details about Mr Sun and then found him in his room. The court documents state that at 10.45pm, in front of Mr Sun's wife and daughter, the girl's father physically assaulted Mr Sun in his own stateroom and accused him of exposing himself to his child. They also state that Mr Sun called security for assistance, but on arrival, they instead marched him to a room where they grilled him for one and a half hours. The security guards are alleged to have stood in front of and behind Mr Sun. He felt he "was not at liberty to refuse the direction to accompany them"."Security staff acting on behalf of the defendant and the captain accused the plaintiff of the conduct the subject of the allegations," the statement of claims says. Mr Sun was eventually shown footage of the incident and noted that - unlike him - the man in the video was not heavily tattooed. After these "obvious physical differences" were pointed out, Mr Sun claims he was allowed back to his room about 12.45am but was not given medical attention for the physical assault. Mr Sun claims he was fearful of further attacks and suffered humiliation and damage to his reputation. "The investigation conveyed the imputation the plaintiff is a pedophile," Mr Sun's statement of claim states. The Sydney father and his family - including his parents - remained on the Carnival Spirit following the incident. He's suing the operator for breach of contract, misleading or deceptive conduct, defamation, unjustified or unlawful detention and negligence. He is seeking damages up to $100,000. A Carnival spokesman told AAP the company wouldn't comment "while the legal process is in train". Pax beaten by other pax - security no help
March 10 Queen Victoria CDC reports 65 of 1,901 (3.42%) passengers and 9 of 968 (0.93%) crew have reported gastrointestinal illness of the 21 February - 9 March cruise. A CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officer and an epidemiologist boarded the ship in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on March 9, 2018, to conduct an environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. Illness outbreak
March 7 Norwegian Epic Crew Center reportsa passenger on board the ship was rescued after going overboard on Tuesday night, as the vessel sailed near the Bahamas. NCL has confirmed the incident saying that a female guest went over the rail and into the ocean. Crew rescue teams immediately responded to the emergency and lowered a life boat to search for the missing passenger around the ship. Passengers onboard were reporting the teen was on the top deck with her family when she leaned over the railing to take a selfie and fell overboard. Passenger overboard - rescued
March 7 Carnival Glory Cruise Law News reportsthe ship became stuck near the port of San Juan, Puerto Rico this afternoon after the cruise ship dropped several hundred feet of anchor chain and an anchor after the ship left Old San Juan. A Carnival crew member states that the cruise ship's starboard anchor became stuck after the ship left port. A crew member states that the anchor was cut and the ship finally was able to sail away. Loses anchor - stuck
March 6 Seven Seas Navigator From a passenger: Navigator grounding shortly after getting underway from Benoa, Bali last night. Captain reported cause was unexpected maneuver by fishing boat(s) in channel, forcing his turn to avoid collision. No injuries, but Navigator was grounded until high tide and tugs were able to free her just after midnight. No leakage reported, but Navigator has now returned to Benoa pier awaiting divers and Lloyd’s inspectors to confirm no underwater damage before being released to proceed. This is the Regent world cruise this year - probable result will be deletion of scheduled visit to Java.  Aground
March 5 Grand Celebration CBS 12 reports stormy conditions at sea are causing a big detour for more than a thousand cruise ship passengers in and out of West Palm Beach. The ship is docking at Port Everglades Monday because it can't get into the Port of Palm Beach. The ship has 1435 passengers on board. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line told CBS12 it has arranged for 22 buses to take passengers to West Palm Beach to collect their cars. Those same buses will take sailing passengers down to Port Everglades to board the Grand Celebration cruise ship. The last buses will leave for Port Everglades at 3 p.m. The Grand Celebration is set to return to Palm Beach on Wednesday. Diverted
March 2 Princess and others Cruise Law News reports an explosion aboard a Mexican ferry in Carmen del Playa ten days ago, followed by at least one explosive device planted on the hull of another ferry which was discovered yesterday, triggered a United States embassy's alert last night, prohibiting embassy employees from using ferries operating between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo. On February 21, 2018, we reported on a violent explosition on a ferry in Carmen del Playa which seriously injured around 25 passengers, includuing 7 U.S. citizens. The explosion on the Barcos Caribe, which has been operating a Playa del Carmen-Cozumel route, injured passengers as they were disembarking from the ferry to the dock. Mexican authorities initially said that the explosion was the result of a mechanical malfunction; however, news sources are now reporting that the explosion was the result of an explosive device.      This news comes after a second device was located on another ferry in Cozumel also owned by the Barcos Caribe company, which provides regular service to toruists between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen. At least one cruise line, Princess Cruises, has cancelled excursions which use ferries between Playa del Carmen and Cancun. Narco-terrorism on ferries (Cancun)
March 1 Carnival Sensation Jamaica Observer repor is 3 Americans went missing from the Carnival Sensation Cruise ship, which arrived at a Port in Ocho Rios, St Ann yesterday. Reports are that all three passengers boarded the ship which left from Miami on Monday and arrived in the island at 10:00 am, where the passengers left the ship with baggage said to be for family members. At 5:30 pm, an official from the cruise ship in the evening was making checks when it was discovered that they were missing. Lawmen are currently investigating. 3 pax missing ashore
February 28 Carnival Elation Action News Jax reports a Florida mom is speaking out after she says her 18-year-old daughter with special needs was sexually assaulted on a Carnival cruise ship. The woman says her daughter left on a birthday cruise with her grandmother on Jacksonville-based Elation on Saturday. She said it was a girls' trip, and her daughter, who has the mental capacity of a 13-year-old, was excited. According to a statement from Carnival Cruise Line, staff was notified of an alleged act of misconduct onboard the ship Tuesday evening. "She was in the hot tub with a bunch of kids and she said the gentleman came and got in the hot tub," the mom told Action News Jax. "I honestly believe he scouted my daughter. He waited for that moment." She said the man started a conversation with her daughter before sexually attacking her, leaving scratches and marks on her body. Carnival said an adult male passenger was detained onboard. The FBI and United States Coast Guard are investigating. NOTE: The last analysis of all reports of sex related incidents on Carnival ships indicated one is 50% more likely to be sexual assaulted on a Carnival cruise ship than on land in Canada. Further analysis indicated 34% of victims of sexual assault on cruise ships are under the age of 18. Sexual assault of teen
February 22 Aida Bella Bild reports 53 year old crew member T Machias went overboard near Malaysia. Crew member overboard
February 21 Astor

9 News reports the ship became wedged against a Melbourne pier as strong winds battered Victoria overnight. It was blown on to the edge of Station Pier at St Kilda, Melbourne, during the wild weather. Tug boats had to help pull the large vessel free. A reader writes: We had a bit of excitement in the Bay at Melbourne, Australia,earlier this week in fierce easterly gale force winds – very unusual for Melbourne. After pulling the Astor away from the point of collision with the end of Station Pier using tugs it did a series of ‘holding patterns’ for several hours whilst it was examined for damage. Apparently it has a sizable dint but nobody was injured. Both the Astor and the Spirit if Tasmania eventually left Port Philip Bay at reduced speed and continued on across Bass Strait to Tasmania.

Allision with pier
February 16 Carnival Legend Daily Mail reports the savage fist fight which got 23 members of the same family group kicked off a 'cruise from hell' started when someone stood on another passenger's thong, according to a witness.  Shocking footage showed up to 30 passengers beating each other on the Carnival Legend ship while it was 220km off Jervis Bay, New South Wales at around 1am on Friday.  Desperate security guards resorted to violence to stop the alcohol-fulled brawl, which was one of many to terrorise passengers on board the 10-day cruise of the South Pacific. Brawl involving 30 pax
February 15 Marella Discovery 2 Independent reports Marella, the cruise operation of TUI, has told hundreds of holidaymakers booked on an April voyage from Jamaica to Mallorca that they will not visit Cuba, the Bahamas or Portugal.  In a letter to passengers, TUI wrote: “We start planning our future cruise schedule a long way ahead of the sailing date. And, as a result, we sometimes find we need to amend an itinerary shortly before a cruise starts so that we can offer you the best holiday experience possible.” “On this occasion, Havana, Nassau and Lisbon are no longer available for us to call at due to port congestion which means we have had to re-work the itinerary. ”An investigation by The Independent has revealed that the trigger for the removal of the three highlights was a US cruise line being given priority for docking at Havana.  There was a double-booking in the Cuban capital on the day the Marella Discovery 2 was due to call, 12 April. But the city’s Sierra Maestra cruise terminal has only one berth fit for a vessel of that size. Also planning a call in the Havana that day is Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas, which has been given preference over its UK rival. So Marella passengers who were tempted to book for the chance to visit “a city that feels like a film set, thanks to its vintage Cadillacs and candy-coloured old town” have been disappointed. Without the call in Havana, the cruise would have had an extra day at sea. Instead, additional ports were scheduled, but the knock-on impact meant that Nassau and Lisbon were deleted from the itinerary.  Ship displaced from port call by RCI ship - major itinerary change
February 15 Noordam Newshub reports emergency services have rescued eight tourists from a kayak trip in Wellington. Passengers from the Noordam cruise ship were on a guided tour of the harbour on Thursday afternoon when some of the group capsized. An elderly passenger is being treated for hypothermia. Pax in jured on shore excursion
February 15 Carnival Fantasy WEAR TV reports passengers hoping to head to Cozumel, Mexico on the Carnival Fantasy will not make it to their original destination. That's because the ship has been delayed by the heavy fog that settled along the Port City Thursday. The ship docked at 5:45 p.m. Matthews said embarkation for the next cruise is expected to begin later in the evening. At this time, guests are asked to wait and arrive at the Alabama Cruise Terminal between 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Due to the delay, passengers were told in an email that the ship would not make the scheduled voyage to Cozumel. Instead, they will arrive in Progresso, Mexico Saturday at 10 a.m. Delayed arrival & departure (fog)
February 12 P&O Pacific Exoplorer Daily Mail reports the ship has been forced to turn back to Sydney after a brawl erupted after a girl allegedly 'hit a guy over the head with a bottle of wine'.  Police officers were seen arriving on board the ship at Bradley's Head, Sydney, on Sunday, where they removed six males and one female. There was a 30 minute brawl on the P&O Explorer about 1am on Sunday involving at least 15 passengers, according to witnesses. Pacific Explorer was on a three-night round trip cruise from Sydney when the brawl broke out.  Brawl - Pax arrested
Febbuary 11 Oasis of the Seas

We just boarded Oasis of the Seas and received this letter....


NOTE the date on the letter and the date on the first line of the letter. This must be a common form letter...?

Pic Illness / Health issue?
February 10 Carnival Elation Cruise Fever reports the ship was delayed arriving and in depoarting because of coastal fog. It was returning from a five night cruise to the Bahamas after stopping in Nassau and Half Moon Cay (Carnival Corporation’s private island in the Bahamas).    The ship is scheduled to leave Jacksonville this afternoon for another five night cruise to the Bahamas. Delayted arrival and departure
February 9 Norwegian Pearl New Orleans Advocate reports things went bad quickly after Brant Aymond was injured in a paddleboard accident, and he and his wife, Danielle, say he received substandard medical care aboard a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship. Aymond had both of his feet sliced by a piece of coral, a bloody and painful experience that got worse when the ship doctor who stitched the wounds downplayed their severity and gave him an antibiotic the Aymonds later learned was for intestinal bacteria. Aymond's worst wound become infected two weeks later. The couple rushed to a Baton Rouge hospital when the foot swelled and a rash crept up his leg. The surgeon found two pieces of coral sewn inside Brant’s foot, along with a severed tendon, the report says. Inadequate medical care
February 9 Azamara Quest San Diego Union Tribune reports the ship that docked in San Diego early Thursday and will undergo a “full barrier sanitation cleaning” after 22 passengers and two crew members came down with gastrointestinal symptoms. CDC confirms the outbreak. Illness
February 9 Igor Farkhutdinov Moscow Times reports a Russian ship ferrying passengers from the Kuril Islands in the northern Pacific to the Sakhalin peninsula has been stranded in ice for days off the coast of Japan. The \cruise ship, carrying 127 passengers and 42 shipping containers, encountered thick ice in the Sea of Okhotsk. The head of the vessel’s maritime company cited the captain’s experience and a week’s worth of fuel supplies and rations to reassure that the passengers aboard the ship were not under threat. He added that sea ice conditions could change within a day and that the passenger ship could arrive at the port of Korsakov in the Sakhalin region by Friday. Stuck in ice
February 9 Sea Princess Cairns Post reports the ship was scheduled to arrive at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 9am today with about 2900 passengers and crew on board. Cairns Port Development Inc secretary Emma Thirkell said the cruise ship tried three times to dock before giving up at about 3pm Missed port call
February 7 Independence of the Seas NBC Miami reports on a sexual assault of a male child on a cruise in 2015. The family boarded the ship in 2015.The mother says the trip was good until near the end of it. "The two boys decided that they would want to stay out a little later," Tonya said. Surveillance video on the ship shows the attack. In it, you can see two passengers entering the library, Arturo Martinez and Jason Lawson, both from Toledo, Ohio. The video shows the men cornering the 13 year old before pinning him against the bookcase. The victim’s older brother appears distraught on the video, rushing out of the library. Another teen is seen running away. The video shows Martinez taking off his shirt while still having the boy cornered. Lawson can be seen keeping passengers out of the library. The portion that shows what Tonya describes as the worst of the attack was edited out of the video provided to NBC 6 after it was entered into evidence in the case.
    The boys reported the attack to security, who called Tonya. Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies investigated when the ship arrived at Port Everglades. Martinez was sentenced to three years in prison for lewd and lascivious behavior with a child under 16. Lawson was given a two-year prison sentence for child abuse.
Sexual assault of minor
February 6 Sun Princess Yahoo 7 News reports a major class action is being prepared against a cruise ship company for allegedly exposing thousands of passengers to gastroenteritis. Lawyers say the class action could involve up to 16,000 people following a series of eight nightmare cruises between 2016 and 2017 aboard the Sun Princess cruise ship. During each voyage, severe vomiting and diarrhoea swept through the ship. The claim alleges Carnival Australia, the parent company of Princess Cruises, which operates the ship, failed in its duty of care to passengers. It is being accused of not adhering to adequate sanitisation or providing proper guidelines to those on board about the outbreak of norovirus. Passengers say despite having their holidays ruined due to the gastro outbreak, they never received an apology, refund or credit from the cruise liner. Carnival Cruises has told 7 News the suggestion that 16,000 people could have been affected was “absurd” and the company is standing by its health and safety procedures. Class action lawsuit for illness outbreaks
February 2 Granbdeur & Allure of the Seas Cruise Law News reports In the last month, two Royal Caribbean cruise ships have received scores barely above the failing score of 85. The Grandeur of the Seasreceived a score of 87 in an inspection which took place on January 5, 2018 which was only recently published. There were deductions for various unsanitary conditions as well as heavily corroded and difficult-to-clean steel counters in the galleys of the ship. The recent USPH report involving the Allure of the Seas shows that it received a barely-passing score of only 86. The acute gastroenteritis (AGE) logs indicated that a Royal Caribbean food handler who was symptomatic with acute gastroenteritis symptoms returned to work before the completion of the mandatory 48 hour isolation period. A second crew member exhibited acute gastroenteritis symptoms continued to eat meals in the crew mess and did not report to the ship infirmary until over two days later. Another crew member who was symptomatic with AGE symptoms proceeded to eat in crew mess and attend a work meeting, and reported to the ship's medical department only later. Even more disturbing is that the USPH inspectors found the following: "Seat cushions had storage under them in the Windjammer and decks 3, 4, and 5 of the main dining room. These storage areas were heavily soiled with debris, had raw wood, and were located above carpet and/or concrete decks. In these areas, the inspection team found: two closed gallon bottles of drinking water, several bags of neatly folded and bagged linen napkins, a bucket full of silverware, a box of gloves and wiping cloths, wrapped salad stands, several bottles of kitchen degreaser, chlorine bleach, biogel, wet plastic containers, and a large bag with dozens of serving utensils. These were also found along with brooms, dust pans, vacuum cleaners, and other nonfood equipment." Near failing health inspections
February 1 Viking Sun NZ Herald reports the ship, was unable to dock at the Napier Port on Thursday morning as wind gusts clocked just over 65km/h. Napier Port services manager Bruce Lochhead said it was the cruise liner's maiden call to the port and a missed opportunity as the ship wasn't scheduled to return this season. Port call skipped
January 30 Celebrity Solstice & Seabourn Encore Otago Daily Times reports sea fog from Dunedin's hot weather kept two cruise ships from entering Otago Harbour yesterday. The mist hung low over Taiaroa Head, meaningthe ships were unable to visit. Port call skipped (fog)
January 30 Carnival Magic Palm Bay Daily reports a Jacksonville man was arrested at Port Canaveral after he allegedly battered a woman and then masturbated in her cabin on a Carnival Cruise ship, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. Jozef Fred Senna, 63, was charged with Battery and False Imprisonment on Saturday after the ship returned to report. Details of the assault are included in the linked article. Sexual assault
January 29 Boudicca (Fred Olsen) From a reader: The ship was forced to leave the port of Cape Town and head out to sea for the night last week as the supply of fresh water was interrupted due to Cape Town's worst drought in 100 years. She had arrived ahead of schedule as her tender visit to Mossel Bay was abandoned due to unfavourable weather conditions. More details to follow.  Depature early
January 29 Queen Mary 2 From a reader: The ship was delayed in sailing from the port of Cape Town on Saturday due to the port being closed due to high winds. She sailed at approximately 07h00 on Sunday 28th January and arrived in Port Elizabeth this morning on schedule. She sails later today en route to Australia on her world cruise before stopping at Reunion and Mauritius.  Delayed departure
January 27 Carnival Vista Cruise Law News reports after miserably failing the December 2, 2017 sanitation inspection by the United States Public Health (USPH) last month, the USPH re-inspected the Carnival Vista today at the port of Miami. The Carnival cruise ship passed the re-inspection with a score of only 88, three points above the failing score of 85. Barely passes re-inspection
January 25 Carnival Liberty Miami Herald reports this is the fourth ship belonging toCarnival to fail its sanitation inspection in the span of two months. In Liberty’s Jan. 4 inspection, inspectors found at least three dead flying insects inside a dishwasher, a beverage carton in a refrigerator with a long hair on it, and corroded, dirty or broken machinery. In the Port Canaveral-based ship’s Silver Olympian Dining Room, “hundreds” of previously cleaned items were stored in an area for dirty dishes. In a Serenity whirlpool spa, the analyzer that measures bromine and pH levels was malfunctioning and had to be recalibrated. A crew member who had symptoms of acute gastroenteritis continued working before reporting the symptoms. The violations were among more than a dozen found by CDC inspectors. The received a score of 80. Other than three other Carnival ships, the only ships to fail their most recent inspections are luxury French line Ponant’s Le Boreal, which earned an 84; Peace Boat’s Ocean Dream with an 82; Victory Cruise Line’s Victory I, which earned a 78, and a little-known Caribbean ferry, Kydon, which scored a 61. Failed health inspection
January 24 Island Princess CDC reports 71 of 2,181 (3.26%) passengers and 7 of 898 (0.78%) crew reported ill on the cruise 9-24 January 2018. Three CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers and one epidemiologist will board the ship in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on January 24, 2018, to conduct an environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. Causative agents: Norovirus and Campylobacter
January 24 Harmony of the Sea TMZ reports "Storm Chaser" star Joel Taylor died from a suspected overdose according to passengers on the ship. Passengers tell TMZ ... drugs on the party boat were plentiful, and they say 38-year-old Taylor was partaking. We're told among the drugs ... Ecstasy and cocaine. Passengers even posted on social media when they were boarding that several people were arrested at the Ft. Lauderdale port -- where the boat departed -- for possession of drugs. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, "It appears the death could be an overdose and Joel Taylor was consuming controlled substances."A passenger who interacted with Joel tells TMZ, Joel had consumed enough GHB on the dance floor Tuesday that he was rendered unconscious and taken off the dance floor by 2 people and back to his room. Death from drug overdose
January 22 Carnival Triumph NOLA reports Carnival is searching for a 44 year old female passenger who went overboard from one of its cruise ships Sunday night (Jan. 21) in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a statement from the company. The ship was on its way to Cozumel on the second day of a five-day cruise. Pax overboard
January 22 MSC Sinfonia From a reader: The ship docked in  Cape Town on Friday 19th January approximately 2 hours late due to high winds. Vessel arrived from Walvis Bay and was due to depart that evening for Durban. The wind intensified and the ship finally managed to sail at 00h25 on Sunday 21st. Vessel currently en route with ETA in Durban on Tuesday 23rd January 0 4h30 local time. The next cruise will omit Maputo and passengers will lose one day. Normal reimbursement procedures as per MSC terms and conditions available to all passengers who are also urged by MSC to secure their own insurance is applicable. This was the last time the ship called at Cape Town for the current cruise season and she will be based in Durban until the end of the season in April. She is to be replaced by the MSC MUSICA for the 2018/19 season.  Delayed (weather)
January 20 Carnival Sunshine News6Orlando reports multiple people aboard a docked cruise ship at Port Canaveral were taken to nearby hospitals Saturday morning. Officials said the six people on the boat, which was docked at the Carnival Cruise line terminal, were transported around 7:30 a.m. for injuries or illnesses. Crews did not immediately release details about their conditions. A spokesperson for the cruise line later told News 6 that the Carnival Sunshine was scheduled to return to the port Saturday from a 13-day trip, and that the guests were required to be checked out upon their arrival after experiencing a variety of medical issues during their stay. The spokesperson called the incident "nothing out of the ordinary."  6 pax taken to hospital
January 20 Carnival Elation News4Jax reports a woman fell from her balcony on a Jacksonville-based cruise ship and died, a Carnival spokeswoman confirmed to News4Jax. Early Friday morning, the cruise line said, the guest fell from her balcony on the Carnival Elation and landed several decks below. Cruise Law News reports the woman reportedly died after she fell from her balcony on the 14th deck down to the 11th deck. The woman was apparently celebrating her birthday. Another passenger reportedly was seen handcuffed after the incident. Police from Freeport, Bahamas reportedly boarded the ship after the fatality.  Pax "falls" to death
January 18 Multiple ships Cayman Compass reports there were no cruise ships in port Thursday after all four captains decided conditions were too rough to moor in George Town harbor. The skippers opted not to use the alternate landing point on the southern coast of the island, at Spotts Terminal, and headed back out to sea. David Carmichael, who runs Caribbean Marine Services, said his boats were ready and able to ferry the passengers to shore. He said cruise ships had been tendered in worse conditions this season and he was baffled by the decision. “We were all set up and ready to go, then one ship canceled and the rest followed suit. It was the captains’ call,” he said. The Regal Princess, MSC Opera, Carnival Breeze and Carnival Sensation were all due in port but all were listed as “missed” arrivals on the Port Authority website. 4 ships cancel port call
January 18 Swiss Crystal The Africom reports German police say 27 people sustained injuries when the Swiss hotel ship collided with a motorway bridge on the Rhine river. The water level was high at the time and the pillar is usually on land, news agency dpa reported. The crash happened Tuesday and more than 100 passengers were minorly injured as a result, four of them were transferred to the hospital and were later released Wednesday. Another nearby ship helped take the passengers to safety, while a number of fire department boats also provided assistance. As expected the cruise operator of Swiss Crystal canceled the sailing of the ship but has offered passengers to continue their journey on another river cruise ship. Collision with bridge
January 18 Carnival Triumph Daily Mail reports anewlywed couple from Missouri say their honeymoon cruise was spoiled by unsanitary conditions on board Carnival Triumph, including foul-smelling sludge oozing from their shower drain. Christine Parker and John Shoemaker got marred on November 4, 2017, in their hometown of St Louis and booked a five-day cruise aboard Carnival's 14-deck, 893-fot vessel, sailing from New Orleans. But instead of a romantic getaway, the couple say they were left exhausted, angry and 'smelling of poop.' Parker, who has a young daughter, accused crew members of trying to minimize the seriousness of the situation, even as they witnessed the stomach-turning spectacle of black liquid reeking of excrement rising out of the drain. The disgruntled passengers recorded a cellphone video showing a staffer inspecting their faulty drain and saying, 'This is very bad and it smells very bad.'  Jennifer de la Cruz, a spokeswoman for Carnival Cruise Line, said in an email to that the substance in the couple's shower was not sewage, bur rather water that had become trapped in a backed-up drain. Sewage bubbling up shower
January 17 NCL Escape Jamaica Observer reports police have arrested a St Lucian following the seizure of one pound of cocaine at the Falmouth Pier in Trelawny yesterday. The drug has an estimated street value of $625 million, police have said. Reports are that about 4:30 pm, security checks were being conducted on passengers and crew returning to a cruise ship that was docked at the pier when the man was searched and illicit drugs allegedly found in his possession. He was subsequently arrested. Drug bust
January 17 NCL Escape News.Com.Au reports a 52 year old passenger on NCL's Private Island, a strong swimmer, had found himself in trouble in a strong current and lifeguards from the Norwegian Escape ignored his desperate pleas for help, the family claims. “He remembers waving at the lifeguard, who ignored him, then screaming for the lifeguard, who ignored him again. He was screaming for his life and everyone thought it was a joke. He was 20 feet (6m) deep and 200ft (60m) out in the water, when two kids had found him and tried bringing him back,” Venezia said. “(Eventually) two men brought him out of the water when they called for medical. No lifeguard had helped him through it all. Isn’t that their job?” The man says he doesn’t recall all of the incident that occurred last month, as he was battling for his life but said of the rescue effort: “All of a sudden I lost all breathing capabilities. Luckily two kids around seven-years-old came to help. They helped for a maximum of five seconds. I continued to scream while kicking underwater to stay afloat. I noticed a man 50ft (15m) away and screamed at him but he looked at me like I was joking. In slow motion I saw a man jump into the water and swim for me. I was hanging on for life.” Near drowning on Private Island
January 17 Carnival Breeze & Carnival Vista Miami Herald reports aboard the Carnival Vista, Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, crew members hid trolleys of potentially hazardous food, equipment and dirty dishware from sanitation inspectors.  Fruit flies were found by the buffet and in a Parmesan cheese container. Crew failed to appropriately document illnesses on board.  On the Carnival Breeze, another of the Doral-based line’s newest vessels, machinery was found to be corroded or not functioning properly. About 25 garbage bins overflowing with waste were found by inspectors near an area where food was handled.  These violations and dozens of others landed both ships failing grades from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vessel Sanitation Program, which routinely inspects cruise ships in an effort to control the spread of gastrointestinal illnesses. Ships must score 86 points or higher, out of 100, to pass. The Vista scored a 79; the Breeze a 77. Another Carnival failure reported in November aboard the Triumph brings Carnival’s tally to three failed inspections in the past two months. Failed Health Inspections
January 17 Tropical Breeze Casino Calvin Ayre reports a woman died this weekend after a fire broke out on a boat ferrying gamblers to a casino ship moored off the coast of Florida. On Sunday, a shuttle boat taking gamblers to the floating Tropical Breeze Casino caught fire, forcing its 36 passengers and 14 crew members to jump overboard to escape the flames. At least 15 passengers were taken to Tampa-area hospitals for treatment, and an unidentified 42-year-old female passenger succumbed to her injuries on Sunday night. The fire broke out shortly after the shuttle vessel left the Florida coast, reportedly after suffering engine trouble. Passengers and onlookers reported the fire spreading rapidly, and video of the burning vessel provides a vivid illustration of the inferno. (See bottom of page.) The cause of the fire is under investigation.. Fire - evacuation (one death)
January 13 NCL Epic Long Island News 12 reports two Kings Park brothers are accused of smuggling drugs onto a cruise ship. Police say Gino and Louis La Nasa were arrested in Florida after one of them allegedly sold an undercover agent ecstasy. Authorities say when they searched the La Nasas' Norwegian Cruise Line ship cabin, they found items indicating that the drugs had been smuggled inside body cavities. News 12 is told while agents were in the cabin, Louis also tried to swallow a plastic bag of drugs.   Drug bust
January 12 Grandeur of the Seas USA Today reports nearly 50 people have fallen sick on a cruise ship that departed from Baltimore last week, delaying its return. The ship originally was scheduled to set sail back to Baltimore on Thursday, but now won’t until Saturday, following 46 reported cases of gastrointestinal illness on board. Illness
January 12 Viking Star Daily Mail reportsat 2PM The Fantastic, a ferry, appeared to lose its engine power whilst docking and appeared to drift backwards, without any way of controlling it, until it collided with the cruise ship. At one stage, the ferry dropped anchor to try and stop it moving. A video of the accident was taken from a nearby crane. The Fantastic, 180 metres in length, had arrived from Tangier at dawn and was going to continue its journey to Genoa .At the moment the two ships are still moored in port. In addition to investigating the reasons for the collision, experts have to assess the damage on both ships to see if they can continue their respective trips. Collision
January 11 NCL Escape Miami Herald reports a family traveling on on the ship in February 2017 has filed suit allaedging a crew member sexually assaulted their 12 year old daughter inside their cabin. The crew member acknowledged that “he did, in fact, touch her buttocks and pubic region with his hand, skin to skin, while the minor victim was sleeping on the bed.” Regardless, a Florida jury trial found the crew member not guilty. Child sexual assault
January 11 QEII and Queen Victoria

Royal Gazette reports the shipshave cancelled their calls in Bermuda because of bad weather in the North Atlantic. The two ships were due to arrive in Dockyard on Sunday however the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre reported today that both vessels had cancelled their Bermuda calls “due to weather encountered on crossing”. They will head straight to their next ports of Port Everglades and New York respectively.

Canceled port call
January 10 Grandeur of the Seas WESH News reports the ship has suffered a mechanical breakdown that forced it to stop for repairs at Port Canaveral. Passengers are stuck, motionless, in Port Canaveral. "They didn’t tell us what the problems were. They just said they had a leaking hydraulic hose," Mario Miralles, a passenger on the ship, said. The ship was on its way back from the Bahamas to its home port in Baltimore when a breakdown caused the unscheduled stop. Royal Caribbean did not say what was wrong but said in a statement that, while the ship is safe to operate, in an abundance of safety, it will now make a stop at Port Canaveral. Unplanned stopped - mechnical problems
January 9 Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Law News reports Royal Caribbean is rescheduling the current cruise of the Grandeur of the Seas, in order to begin repairs to the cruise ship for what the cruise line refers to as a "technical issue which limits the operation of one of the two rudders used to steer the ship." Royal Caribbean notified its guests, at the last minute today, who were planning to board the Grandeur on Thursday, January 11, 2018 that the cruise had been rescheduled to Saturday, January 13th. This news was first reported on by the popular Royal Caribbean Blog Itinerary shortened by two days
January 8 NCL Epic News 6 reports two dozen people were arrested on drug possession charges during security checks before boarding the ship for the Holy Ship! 2018 event. Holy Ship denied a comment but on its website states that there is a zero-tolerance policy. Twenty-four people didn't heed that statement Saturday, deputies said. "It ranges from marijuana to cocaine, MDMA or ecstasy. A lot of the drugs are used in a rave scene. A lot of people with paraphernalia," Brevard County Sheriff's Office public information officer Tod Goodyear said.  The port added security this weekend knowing the cruise would set sail Saturday.  Drug bust
January 8 RCL Raw Story reports former Royal Caribbean cruise liner employee is suing the company for mistreatment from supervisors after she was raped by a coworker aboard the Majesty of the Seas in late 2015. According to the Miami New-Times, the woman (who was not named in the lawsuit due to the nature of her attack) was subjected to a brutal assault that lasted nearly an hour around Christmas 2015 that resulted in bite marks and bruises. She then reported her rape to the ship’s captain, security officer and doctor — all of whom reacted negatively. According to the lawsuit, which was filed in the Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Jane Doe’s supervisor discouraged her from pressing charges, the ship doctor told her to “get over it” and she was forced back onto the job soon after. Despite reporting the assault to Bahamian police the day after when the boat docked on the island, the woman, who was “traumatized and at her weakest,” followed her boss’ advice and did not press charges. Sexual assault of crew
January 7 Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Law News reports that an excursion boat with cruise passengers aboard sank last week. The cruise excursion incident took place on Wednesday January 3rd, approximately 15 minutes after the boat sailed from Cozumel with ten cruise guests aboard it. The boat's crew instructed the cruise passengers to head to the bow; however, the boat took on water quickly and the guests had to jump into the water. The cruise passengers reportedly were from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship and a Celebrity ship (the Celebrity Equinox). The cruise passengers were reportedly rescued from the water by other boats in the area, Local news sources state that none of the cruise passengers were physically injured. Excursion boat sinks
January 5 P&O Arcadia From a passenger: Lifeboat has fallen into the sea at Azores, Ponta Delgaado. Some crew hurt. Cruise Law News reports a lifeboat has broken from its cabling and has fallen from its davits into the sea while the cruise ship was in Ponta Delgada, Azores. A passenger states that "the back appears to have been ripped off and is still hanging from its cradle......" There reportedly were five crew members in the lifeboat at the time of the accident. One crew member's injuries are apparently serious enough for the ship employee to be hospitalized. Lifeboat accident
January 5 Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Radio reports travel professionals were alerted on Thursday that the winter storm would result in the Breakaway’s return to Manhattan being delayed… with the ripple effect impacting the following sailing, too. Due to winter storm Grayson,” reads the notification, “Norwegian Breakaway will have a delayed arrival into New York on Friday, January 5. As a result, Norwegian Breakaway’s 14-day cruise that was originally scheduled to depart on January 5 will now depart on Saturday, January 6 at 3 p.m. Due to the ship’s late arrival on Friday and the ongoing weather situation, embarking guests are encouraged to arrive to the pier on Saturday morning; all guests most be onboard by 1 p.m. on January 6th ... Guests unable to adjust their travel plans,” continued Norwegian’s missive, “are welcome to board on Friday evening between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.” CBS subsequently reported the ship had sailed through the storm, a scene of hell for passengers. Delayed departure
January 3 Sea Princess ABC News reports about 200 people have been struck down with gastro onboard a cruise ship which is set to dock in Brisbane on Thursday. The ship is completing the final leg of a two-week round trip between Brisbane and New Zealand. Queensland Health confirmed on-board testing found norovirus to be the cause of increased gastro cases. Illness outbreak
January 3 Grand Princess From a passenger: Half of the Buffett dining area was closed upon boarding for 10 day cruise because of flooding. Conditions were chaotic .  No advisory was given at registration. Good news though is that unlimited internet is now available on the ship for the first time although not properly publicized. Hopefully the Buffett will be completely operational 1-8 after replacing all of the damaged carpet. Disruption
January 2 Silver Muse (Silverseas) From a passenger: An 80-year old single female traveler from the UK purportedly jumped from her deck evening of Jan 1 / morning Jan 2, 2018. I was on board.  Silversea made no comment to passengers other than a number of Pages for the passenger. Information obtained from other passengers.   Room was taped off and balcony had roping on rail. We disembarked Ft Lauderdale today, Jan 3, 2018. Pax overboard
January 1 Oasis of the Seas From a passenger: Someone was was stabbed with a beer bottle and New Years Eve night. The boat was diverted to Nassau and docked for several hours 8am to about 3pm. I am on the ship now. The crew is very hush-hush but word has gotten around. Assault
January 1 NCL Jewel From a passenger: Male passenger arrested and taken off the ship in handcuffs by ship security and local police in Wellington, New Zealand. Had his luggage with him but no one else. No idea why. Pax arrested

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